Now has never been a better time to begin your HGV career, as the UK is short of a whopping 45,000 drivers.
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) released a survey to over 100 businesses to see how many companies are effected by the lack of drivers. The results showed that 74% of these businesses confirmed they have driver shortage.
The average age of HGV drivers is roughly 56, which means that many employees have started to retire or they are retiring in the next 10 years. With the younger generation being the minority, it means that more drivers are ending their careers than beginning it.
So why are young people turning away from the HGV driver career?
Well, some of the problem comes from the negative connotations situated with lorry drivers (unsociable hours, small salaries and paying for your license), putting prospect young drivers off.
Annual salaries for a HGV driver start from £20,000 up to £40,000 and although there are a range of working hours, you can choose preferred shifts that fit to your schedule. The HGV driver’s licence is costly, priced at £3,000. However as long as your haulage company has the HGV Driver Trailblazer Apprenticeship you can get this money through the scheme as well as £500 extra for completing the course! Bonus!
With the help of our services, we can help you obtain your licence and pass with flying colours! For details, fill in our contact form and we’ll get straight back to you. To learn more about a HGV or LGV career, see our site here.