Talent Training has launched a new logistics training academy to help tackle the national shortage of qualified HGV drivers.

An ageing workforce means the haulage sector is losing thousands of drivers every year, with the Road Haulage Association estimating that the UK is currently short of 60,000 qualified drivers with a further 40,000 set to leave by next year.
Driving Careers, a trading division of Talent Training (UK) LLP, has been launched by North East businessman David Harper to help young people get the right training support to enable them to apply for HGV jobs in future.

Together with group chief executive Sam Morgan and commercial director Andrew Murphy, the division, based in Hebburn, South Tyneside , aims to provide specialist HGV training, taking an individual from a car to truck licence in under 10 weeks.

Applicants also only start paying back the training fee once they have secured employment in the industry.

Mr Morgan said: “We have brought together specialist HGV instructors who will support individuals every step of the way, from organising their medical, right through to their practical training and test.

“The key advantage is that often applicants will receive their training via government approved funding or student loans, the average salary of a qualified driver is 25% above the average wage and therefore a clear driver for the learner to progress in his career.

“The new division is in-keeping with our company demographic as we hold many logistics clients including Eddie Stobart Limited, Stobart Group, Elddis Transport and Fowler Welch who are all keen to recruit new drivers and are often involved in the delivery of the training as well as providing practical advice to the students.

“It was a key strategic direction for the business to ensure that we had the appropriate facilities to ensure our clients and the general public had the best level of training available.”

Mr Harper, who is company chairman, said: “Driving Careers isn’t just about training potential drivers; it’s about changing the lives of our customers. Our employers are delighted with their new drivers and the new drivers with their jobs.”

Article by The Evening Chronicle