Skills for Logistics (SfL) has reported that employers must plan ahead if they’re to prevent a recruitment crisis. Last year a survey revealed that one LGV driver in six is aged 55 or over. A mere eight per cent of driver vacancies were filled by new recruits last year, spelling a potential disaster for the future, as almost one fifth of drivers leave the industry each year due to retirement or ill health.
SfL has warned that current recruitment trends could be concealing future problems for the industry if an ageing workforce is not being replaced by younger, new recruits. Last year the number of vacancies in the industry increased 95 per cent, seeing 7,606 vacancies for LGV drivers in June 2006 to 14,853 in June 2007.
In response to this, Ceva has introduced a Young Driver Scheme to face the national drivers skills shortage head-on. It’s open to anyone between the ages of 17 to 21. It provides the opportunity for both new and existing employees to gain an NVQ level 2 in Driving Goods Vehicles and a C category driver’s licence.
Griffiths says it is a popular course, with a pass rate higher than the national average.
Ceva is also an Institute of Advance Motorists accredited training company. All sites have a driving assessor, responsible for developing road risk strategies and implementing best practice processes for all of its drivers.
Graduate recruitment has been an important part of Ceva’s recruitment process since 2001. Griffiths says the company is looking to restructure the scheme later this year. The company has undergone several transitions over the last couple of years, including a new executive board, and a new managing director who will start later this year.
Griffiths says once the dust has settled over those changes, Ceva will be looking to roll out a new grad scheme, currently being developed, with an expected start date of 2009.