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Driver Academy Group secures funding for 600 more HGV drivers

The Driver Academy Group (DAG), a consortium led by HGV training specialist HGVC and including workforce solutions group Manpower and trade body Logistics UK, has won an extended contract with the government’s Skills Bootcamps in HGV Driving to train a further 600 drivers.

The additional places will be available for unemployed individuals or those looking to change careers across England. The Skills Bootcamps in HGV Driving are flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, enabling people to build sector-specific skills and identify a route into employment. 

“Since early 2022, we have been helping deliver the Department for Education’s Skills Bootcamps in HGV Driving,” said James Clifford, CEO of HGVC.  

“So far, we’ve helped more than 1,400 trainees pass their theory and practical tests and get behind the wheel. 

“It’s why the Department for Education has awarded us a contract to help train a further 609 individuals and continue to plug the driver shortage in the UK.   

“The government’s Skills Bootcamps have been hugely successful in helping get new HGV drivers behind the wheel.  

“We know thousands of people in the UK want to become lorry drivers, and with this further funding, we’re confident we can train even more people and keep Britain moving.”  

With cost being one of the major barriers to entry into HGV driver training, the DfE funding offers a lifeline for both individual candidates and employers dealing with budget constraints, given the cost-of-living crisis.  

With the additional 600 places, HGVC will offer three fully funded courses. These include novice to Category C, novice to Category C+E, and novice to Category C or C+E plus a specialist licence such as the ADR dangerous goods qualification. 

Interested candidates can apply here: www.hgv.academy  

Get in touch to find out more about how we can support your operation with subisdised HGV training.

Published On: 26/10/2023 12:00:17


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