Government funding for Skills Bootcamps to recruit new or returning drivers

The government is to provide £17m to bring around 5,000 HGV drivers into the industry, both by attracting some of the 295,000 existing licence holders back into driving and funding training and testing of new entrants.

The ‘Skills Bootcamps in HGV Driving’ will be funded by the Department for Education and run by 17 training providers across the UK who have undergone a rigorous assessment process and can show evidence they have links with employers to provide the required work experience and full-time jobs.

The scheme will run for two years and as well as licence acquisition it will cover obtaining a Driver CPC and upskilling to ADR and petro-chem tanker driving for returning drivers.

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