Delivery management company Whistl has teamed up with non-profit Road to Logistics, to offer HGV drivers roles at its Bedford Super Depot.
The initiative which has been backed by the government was set up in 2016 by the Road Haulage Association and Microlise to address the 45,000 HGV driver shortage in the UK – it helps people “interested in becoming a driver by assessing their suitability then work with them to pass the test and link with partners for interview”.
Road to Logistics is open to people who either earn under £17.5k a year or are out of work. The training and test are paid for which typically costs around £3,000.
There is also a focus on “widening the talent pool through sections of society where individuals need help and support to regain self-confidence and independence”.
Nick Wells, CEO Whistl said: “The Road to Logistics programme is playing a crucial role in widening the appeal and opportunities in HGV driving.
“As we grow the business we are looking to recruit HGV drivers based at our Bedford Super Depot. It’s a great career and we look forward to employing people through this scheme.”