A further 600 HGV drivers will be trained up via the skills bootcamp campaign after the Driver Academy Group (DAG) won an extended contract with the government.
The additional places are available for unemployed individuals or those looking to change careers across England.
The flexible, 16-week courses were first launched in December 2021 in an effort to address the skills black hole in the industry.
With these 600 places, the DAG, a consortium led by training specialist HGVC and also comprising Manpower and Logistics UK, will offer three fully funded courses to novice Category C, C+E and C or C+E plus a specialist licence, such as ADR.
Within its existing extended contract, HGVC is also delivering 1,300 partially funded courses. These offer employers a 70% contribution to HGV driver training through the department for education funding.
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James Clifford, chief executive of HGVC, said: “Since early 2022, we have been helping deliver the department for education’s skills bootcamps in H
“We’ve helped more than 1,400 trainees pass their theory and practical tests and get behind the wheel. It’s why the department for education has awarded us a contract to help train a further 609 individuals and continue to plug the driver shortage in the UK.
“The government’s skills bootcamps have been hugely successful in helping get new HGV drivers behind the wheel.
“We know thousands of people in the UK want to become lorry drivers, and with this further funding, we’re confident we can train even more people and keep Britain moving.”
Training courses are available at 60 locations across the country and candidates can apply at www.hgv.academy
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