Leading employment agency Manpower is doing its bit to ease the shortage of HGV drivers by launching a Driver Academy, which it hopes will train over 400 new drivers every year. Steve Hobson reports. As operators have found it harder to find good drivers they have become increasingly reliant on agency staff to fill shifts, in turn putting pressure on the agencies to find more drivers. Manpower operations director Jason Greaves (pictured below) has been responsible for the agency’s driving […]
Last year industry players won their long-waged battle for a government-funded driver training apprenticeship. The Trailblazer pitch had been denied twice previously when the government said it didn’t think training a driver would stretch over the 12-month period needed to meet funding requirements. While the Trailblazer scheme was eventually approved, CM Downton was well ahead of the game with its own 12-month driving apprenticeship.
RHA research has revealed that the long-predicted driver shortage is now severely affecting operators as they gear up for the Christmas peak.