A Somerset haulier has announced plans to increase the number of places on offer at its driver training academy to help relieve pressure on the industry caused by the lorry driver shortage.

Chard based transport and logistics company, C&D South West, is encouraging all genders interested in joining the industry to apply for a position on the available places at its C&D Driver Academy.

Established in 2016, the Academy has already successfully trained multiple HGV drivers and is set to train an additional 6 HGV drivers between now and the end of 2022.

Lorna Hammond, Managing Director of C&D South West, said,

“Our Academy provides an opportunity for people who have the ambition to enter the industry to undertake driver training in all types of vehicles, from small vans to Class 1 Heavy Goods Vehicles.

“Over the last five years, we have helped multiple drivers achieve their licences, ensuring the sector has qualified HGV drivers available to meet the additional demand for moving goods around the UK and beyond.”

She added,

“The company fund the training, meaning that even those who don’t have the initial funds to undertake driver training can benefit. Some of our Academy students have obtained their licence within as little as six months, although most are based around an apprenticeship programme lasting between 12 and 18 months.”

The UK government recently announced plans to help to tackle the shortage of lorry drivers by creating an extra 50,000 lorry tests.

The announcement followed a public consultation over the summer, which saw thousands of respondents, including industry leaders, support the move as a positive step to help the sector tackle the lorry driver shortage currently affecting countries around the world. 

The C&D Driver Academy is open to applications from anyone who expresses a keen interest in the Transport and Logistics industry and have the ambition to join the C&D team.

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 enquiries 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.

C&D South West was recently featured on BBC Points West News , discussing the national driver shortage and the need to attract more female drivers into the industry. The latest official figures from UK Transport show that less than 1% of lorry drivers in the UK are female.  C&D hope to combat this with the academy and bringing more females into the sector.

Click here If you are interested in joining the driver academy scheme, or if you would like more information, please get in touch.

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