Encouraging New Drivers Into The Transport Industry
As ever, driver shortages are a point of discussion within the transport industry, with an estimated deficit of around 60,000 drivers.
And it’s looking set to get worse, as the current crop of drivers prepare for retirement (the average age is 53), and not enough ‘young blood’ coming through to replace them. This can only mean problems in the haulage industry long-term, so it’s vital this is addressed in time.
In addition to the age factors, other things such as EU regulation requiring increased training and documentation, through to issues at Calais, have all combined to make driving a less-attractive career than it was.
However, along with the recent statutory wage rise in November 2016, and the introduction of driving apprenticeships, the future is looking brighter.
The UK government is now offering apprenticeships for drivers of large goods vehicles (LGVs), available at two levels.
Intermediate Level Apprenticeships:
training in possible roles as a motorcycle courier; van driver; rigid vehicle driver; articulated/drawbar driver
Advanced Level Apprenticeships:
You could train in roles like: van driver/team leader; rigid vehicle driver/team leader; articulated/drawbar driver/team leader
This particular level could lead on to management opportunities, or more advanced driver roles such as hazardous chemical transportation skills.
These apprenticeships are available to anyone aged 16 years or over. More information is on the following link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/driving-goods-vehicles-apprenticeships