Free HGV training being offered to Harlow drivers
Business / Sun 23rd Jul 2023 at 07:17am
FREE HGV driver training is being offered in Essex thanks to a partnership between Essex County Council, Tendring District Council, Uttlesford District Council, Harlow Council and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Logistics is a key sector across the UK, with HGV drivers ensuring our supermarket shelves are stocked and farms, factories and construction sites have key materials and products to function properly.
Despite how essential HGV drivers are to our economy, there is a significant worker shortage in Essex, with 891 regional job postings since January 2023 alone.
The programme has funded trainee spaces at RSM Commercial Driver Training and LGV Training School.
Out of the 21 who have now completed their training, ten students have already secured work, while a further 30 are still engaged in the programme or have progressed to further training.
The programme has supported individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, with very few learners having experience in the logistics sector. It has also engaged people with disabilities, helping them to gain confidence whilst learning new skills.
Councillor Tony Ball, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education Excellence, Lifelong Learning and Employability, said: “The Essex HGV Driver Training Programme has seen huge success since launching in 2022. Thanks to fantastic partnership working with our district council partners, the DWP and training providers, we’ve been able to provide learning opportunities to residents across the county, whilst filling gaps in an essential sector.
“I’d like to congratulate the learners who have already completed the programme and secured employment, and to wish the best of luck to those undertaking training.”
Find out more about the HGV Driver Training Programme by watching this short video.
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It’s a rough life as a Hgv driver. Plenty of people are training and getting qualified and when they get into the real world of long working days and nights out on the road sleep on a tiny little bed in a lay-by they soon walk away from the jobs. You have to contend with employers who treat you like trash and push you to breaking point to get the job done no matter the consequences. 15 hour days are normal in this industry. Road users who have no respect for the very people who make sure your everyday goods are there for you on the shelves when you need them. And the facilities at service stations for drivers are disgusting at best and that’s if you have the time to even stop at them No clean toilets or shower facilities. Over priced food is a joke. Life on the road ain’t no joke people so think carefully about your career changes
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