SP Training launches scheme to help increase HGV driver numbers

A national shortage of HGV drivers has prompted a Carlisle training company to join forces with one of the UK’s largest retail logistics providers to launch a nationwide training scheme. SP Training has partnered with Clipper Logistics to deliver a driver apprenticeship programme, helping Clipper address the increasing national shortage of commercial drivers. SP Training has developed the Revolve initiative, a bespoke apprenticeship training scheme which sees the partnership reskill existing warehousing employees and helps the company, a leader in retail logistics, grow its own goods vehicle driver numbers.

Initially a pilot group of 10 candidates from the Midlands will join the programme. The apprenticeship programme, which is suitable for drivers of all ages, will then be rolled out nationally. SP Training has developed a number of fully-funded training programmes for operators of all sizes.

In partnership with Scania, SP Training has 12 national centres for driver licence acquisition training, offering innovative funded solutions to help operators tackle the driver shortage. Tony Higgins, SP Training managing director, said: “This exciting new partnership with Clipper Logistics is the perfect model for operators to grow their own driver numbers by skilling new or existing employees. “The apprenticeship standard is ideal for drivers of all ages and is set to be the leading way to bring new drivers into the UK logistics industry.

“We have many fully and heavily funded training options for operators to get ahead of the game and address the increasing driver shortage issue.” Mick Doe, Clipper’s transport operations director, said: “Revolve has seen fantastic demand already, and we’re proud to be launching a training programme that can have such positive effects. “There’s a nationwide shortage of qualified HGV drivers, and it’s in our interest to work alongside businesses such as SP Training to address this industry-wide challenge.

“We’re delighted with the training programme, and look forward to rolling this out across our sites in due course.”

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