New data from the Driver Academy Group shows that 600 of its trainees have either got their HGV license or have booked a practical test.
Launched in December 2021, the Driver Academy Group is a government-funded scheme aimed at encouraging more people to train as HGV drivers. This aimed to reduce the shortage of HGV drivers in the UK, with data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showing that there were 39,000 fewer HGV drivers in 2021 compared with 2019.
The Driver Academy Group is led by HGV training specialist HGVC. James Clifford, its Chief Executive said: “Funding has been a major barrier to entry for those looking to train as HGV drivers, especially when they may not get a job at the end of their course. So, these government-funded Skills Bootcamps are making a big difference in helping to attract people into the industry, getting them trained and into good jobs.”
The scheme has seen almost 1,950 trainees take part in HGV Skills Bootcamps, with over 8,000 waiting to enrol on a course.
Clifford added: “With further funding, those 8,000 people on our waiting list can help plug the HGV driver shortage and keep the UK’s supply chains moving.”