Last reviewed 12 May 2022

With hundreds of spaces now available on Government-funded refresher training courses, called Skills Bootcamps, Logistics UK is urging heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers who have left the workplace to consider re-joining the profession.

The transport body has highlighted how the HGV driver shortage is continuing to place pressure on UK supply chains and explained how the courses aim to get drivers back up to speed with the practical and theoretical requirements of their role. Opportunities to improve skills in various areas are also available.

The Bootcamps are managed by the Driver Academy Group, a consortium including Logistics UK, HGV training specialist, HGVC, and workforce solutions group Manpower.

James Clifford, CEO of HGVC, said: “The Government’s HGV Skills Bootcamp initiative 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.”

For existing HGV drivers, three types of bootcamps are available: (1) licence upgrades, for those with a category C licence (rigid HGV) looking to upgrade to a category C+E (an articulated lorry); (2) refresher courses for anyone looking to rebuild their confidence behind the wheel; and (3) ADR & Petroleum Passport, for those wanting to transport hazardous goods and drive fuel tankers.

Companies looking to improve the skills of 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. Further information, including details of how to apply, can be found — here.