You may (or may not) have noticed, but LGV drivers are in high demand and short supply at the moment. Regular readers of our blog will know that there has been a driver shortage in place for a few years now, and while the haulage industry has been trying it’s best to encourage more people to come forward and qualify, the take-up hasn’t been enough. As of June this year, there was still a shortage of 45,000 to 50,000 qualified drivers on the roads, and the number of licence holders is very slowly dropping year on year. But how can businesses who rely on LGV drivers manage this process and stay afloat? One new tactic is to offer LGV training as part of the job, rather than looking for already qualified drivers.
When you think about it, this approach makes sense for a number of reasons. Instead of waiting for a qualified driver to come along (and sit with an empty vacancy in the business all that time), just offer LGV training as part of the job training. After all, LGV driving id a skill – something that can be taught and learnt. So all you really need in a new recruit is someone who is reliable and hard-working – which is much easier to find than a qualified driver at times! You could do this in-house, but it’s going to be more time and cost-effective to partner with a training agency and send your new recruits for training when they come on board. There are a couple of advantages to doing this.
For one, it significantly widens the talent pool you can draw from, and allows you to attract more diverse people to your business. There are thousands of studies that explain why workplace diversity is a good thing, but for haulage-based jobs, there is an added extra – it brings in younger drivers who will value the training and stay with your business for a long time. If you can offer both the initial training and a form of career progression, you could well start attracting workers who stay with you for years or even decades.
It also makes you a much more attractive prospect for those new recruits – so you will start to attract more applicants to any job you post. Offering ground-up training shows you care about your employees and are invested in their future with you – something most workers (especially millennials, who now make up 50% of the workforce) really appreciate.
And finally, it can allow you to grow your business much quicker than you planned. With more drivers you can invest in new product lines, new equipment and new strategies, testing the waters and finding new success thanks to the extra resource. This means you can be efficient and experimental, and accelerate your business growth beyond what your competition is doing.
Of course, it’s not just the haulage industry that could benefit from offering LGV training. While goods transport might be the biggest industry for it, there are many other industries that could hugely benefit from offering this kind of training and support to new, green workers. Just a few include:
And many more besides. If all of these industries were to offer LGV training to new recruits, the HGV driver shortage could well be a thing of the past.
To put it into context, let’s look at the fire and rescue service. Already, there are a number of local fire and rescue services across the country that are offering full LGV training to any worker who can come on board on a part-time basis. This has attracted a huge number of new firefighters to join and given those departments more resources to be able to serve the community. This is a win-win because the community get better service, the department is under less strain and the workers have a new skill they can use in their fill-time work. If every fire and rescue service and ambulance service offered this, then we would quickly see an uptick in new emergency services workers to support a struggling industry.
The list of reasons you should be offering LGV training to new recruits goes on an on. But it turns out the reason many businesses aren’t doing it already is more due to lack of skill than lack of interest. That’s where we come in. We can partner with your business to offer comprehensive LGV training to all new recruits – from the basic Driver CPC qualification all the way up to the more complex and specialist licences. It’s a cost-effective way to get new drivers into your workforce quickly, and with the support, we can offer your business it has never been easier to get started. If you would like to know more, just get in touch with us today.