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The Driver Academy Group is a consortium of Road Transport specialists, dedicated to addressing the current skills shortage within the HGV driver and training sectors. The consortium aims to deliver novice training, retraining and skills refresher courses, with a focus on introducing new people to an HGV driving career, and placing these people into work.

The group has been awarded funding from the Department of Education’s ‘HGV Bootcamp Skills Fund’, developed to address the UK’s HGV Driver shortage. Funding will be allocated across several areas; from training novice drivers to gain their HGV licences, to bringing lapsed HGV licence-holders back into the industry, along with the provision of specialist Petroleum handling courses and ADR qualifications. Funding will also be provided to ‘upskill’ current licence holders from Category ‘C’ qualification to Category ‘C+E’ level.

The consortium is made up of the following organisations:

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One of the UK’s largest providers of HGV training, HGVC delivers high-volume training courses to many of the country’s biggest logistics companies and retailers. HGVC’s network of over 100 training providers ensures that it can deliver multiple courses at multiple locations, with the ability to take on large numbers of trainees at a truly nationwide level. HGVC’s expertise extends to the delivery of HGV Training, ADR Training, Petroleum Passports and all elements required to gain these qualifications (driver medicals, theory test training software, licence application forms, etc). Its bespoke trainee monitoring software enables real-time reporting of course progression and candidate status updates.

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Logistics UK is one of the biggest business groups in the UK, supporting, shaping and standing up for, efficient logistics. Logistics UK are the only UK business group that represents all areas of logistics, focusing on road, rail, sea and air industries. Logistics UK are champions and challengers for an industry sector that employees over 7 million people in Britain, speaking to Government with one voice on behalf of the whole sector. Specilalsing in compliance, training and advice, Logistics UK represent operators of over 200,000 lorries, more than half of the UK’s fleet.

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Manpower UK ltd have a history of over 60 years of locating and providing work for 100,000’s of people. With over 3,000 offices in 80 countries worldwide and currently connecting more than 600,000 people to live jobs, Manpower offers the full spectrum of workforce solutions. Manpower UK’s connections and clients within the logistics and driver sector, make them best placed to provide recruitment and job opportunities for the Government’s HGV Skills Bootcamp. For the last three years, Manpower UK, in conjunction with HGVC, have been pioneering the ‘HGV Driver Academy’, a specialist recruitment division, focused on the placing of newly qualified HGV drivers into work.

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