Free refresher courses to tempt HGV drivers back on the road

May 03 | 2022

With the HGV driver shortage continuing to place pressure on UK supply chains, business group Logistics UK is urging HGV drivers who have left the workplace to consider rejoining the profession, with hundreds of spaces now available on government-funded refresher training courses, known as Skills Bootcamps.

The courses are managed by the Driver Academy Group, a consortium comprising Logistics UK, HGV training specialist HGVC, and workforce solutions group Manpower. The aim is to get drivers back up to speed with the practical and theoretical requirements of the role.

David Jordan, Deputy Operations Director of Services at Logistics UK said, “Hundreds of spaces are now available on government-funded skills courses, but with these slots filling fast, the Driver Academy Group is urging anyone interested to apply now for this unique opportunity; businesses are also encouraged to put their drivers forward for upskilling and refresher training.”

James Clifford, CEO of HGVC commented: “The government’s HGV Skills Bootcamp has been a game-changer for the sector. Finally, HGV drivers are being seen as essential and vital workers and careers into this sector are now being encouraged and funded. The Driver Academy Group is leading the way in this ground-breaking scheme and is proud of our commitment to supporting and training individuals into the sector, ensuring they land the very best jobs with some of Britain’s most attractive companies.”

For existing HGV drivers, three types of bootcamps are available: licence upgrades, for those with a category C licence (rigid HGV) looking to upgrade to a category C+E (an articulated lorry), refresher courses for anyone looking to rebuild their confidence behind the wheel, and ADR & Petroleum Passport, for those wanting to transport hazardous goods and drive fuel tankers. Companies looking to upskill existing drivers can apply for government funding of 70% of the scheme’s cost. The Skills Bootcamps are part of the government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee, helping everyone gain skills for life. Free courses are also available for individuals with no experience wishing to start a career in HGV driving.