Tuesday 17th Sep 2019 - Logistics Manager Magazine

Undervaluing LGV drivers threatens industry’s future

Failure to acknowledge the importance of those currently, or considering, working as LGV drivers is putting the future of the profession, and the UK logistics sector, at risk, the RTITB has warned.

“In our work with the transport and logistics industry, we all too often hear from LGV drivers that they do not see their job as a professional vocation and that others do not see them as professionals either,” said managing director Laura Nelson.

“Many people are completely unaware of the lengths that LGV drivers must go to to become qualified – it is a ‘forgotten profession’ and rarely viewed as a career.”

“One important way that our industry can encourage new talent into the industry and retain the skills of highly trained existing LGV drivers, is through training,” says Laura. “Showing that you deliver training that benefits the employee, as well as the business, is key. We also encourage employers to pay for the training as this shows employees that they are valued and appreciated.”