Haulage industry to train ex-service veterans

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Britain’s hauliers have joined with partners to help ex-service veterans that are struggling with health problems, homelessness or crime, become truck drivers. The scheme, called ‘Road to Logistics’, is to create a national training programme to attract new talent from areas of society where ‘individuals need help and support’.

The scheme involves charity Care After Combat, which already helps veterans that struggle with life after service. Alongside the charity, telematics company Microlise will set up training academies, while the RHA will provide jobs via its membership.

“This new initiative, Road to Logistics, will help address the chronic shortage of truck drivers in the UK currently estimated to be 45,000,” said Richard Burnett, RHA chief executive. “By working together, we can make sure that Road to Logistics helps three organisations achieve their goals.”

“Such is our confidence in the Road to Logistics programme that we will be taking the results to Westminster to gain a permanent funding stream for further entrants into the academies.”

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