The HGV driver shortage has been a persistent issue since the inception of the trucking industry and remains a concern as we head into 2024. With the increased reliance on online shopping and the change in consumer purchasing habits in recent times, it’s no secret that the reliance on the transport sector has led to a shortage of drivers qualified to ship goods both in the UK and abroad.

Recognising the importance of having qualified drivers ready and available to enter the industry and in an attempt to combat driver shortages, C&D South West created their Driver Academy back in 2016. The brainchild of the Hammond family, owners and operators of the C&D business, the Academy provides an opportunity for those who have the ambition to enter their industry to undertake driver training in all types of vehicles, from small vans to Class 1 Heavy Goods Vehicles.

In recent years, the Academy has seen many drivers obtain their licences and Kieran Symons is thelatest success story after recently passing his practical HGV test. Since beginning his journey with C&D South West in May 2023 as part of the Driver Academy Scheme, Kieran has been working hard to finesse his driving skills and successfully passed his Class 1 HGV test on the 15 th December 2023.

Kieran’s recent progression means that the C&D Driver Academy is now open to applications again, from anyone who expresses a keen interest in the Transport and Logistics industry.

The minimum requirements are a clean Driving Licence to drive a car, along with passes in Maths and English at GCSE level. Applicants should be at least 25 years old, however inquiries from younger students will be considered and those who haven’t quite met the required GCSE grades may complete functional skills training whilst attending the training courses.

Lorna Hammond, C&D’s Managing Director said,

“We’re delighted that Kieran has successfully passed his test through the Driver Academy. It’s a real testament to his hard work and dedication over the past few months. The team are looking forward to finally seeing him on the road in his own vehicle.

“Kieran’s recent pass means that we will be inviting applications from those who express a keen interest in Transport and Logistics and have the ambition to join the C&D team.

“Some of our Academy students have obtained their licence within as little as 3-6 months although most are based around a 12 –18 months apprenticeship.”

For more information regarding the driver academy or further information regarding this email please contact [email protected] or call us on 01460 64701.

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