Haulage firms and job centres kick off major recruitment drive

03/11/2015

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has teamed up with Jobcentre Plus (JCP) offices across the country for a new drive aimed at recruiting a large number of new professional drivers.

Over the past few years, the transport and logistics sectors, not just in the UK but right across Europe, have warned they are facing a skills shortage, with suitably-qualified lorry and HGV drivers in particularly short supply.

In a bid to address this, Jobcentre Plus offices are to be used to first identify and then recruit a new wave of professional drivers, meaning a host of new jobs could be created over the coming weeks and months right across the country.

In particular, haulage firms in Wales are stepping up their efforts to take on new drivers, putting their weight behind the new RHA initiative and working with specialist Jobcentre recruitment advisors to advertise and then fill vacancies.

Welcoming the scheme, Martin Brown, Work Services Director, JCP Wales said: "We are really pleased to be working collaboratively with the Welsh Government and the RHA to help people who are unemployed to begin employment in a sector that is critical to growth in the UK.

"This will make a significant impact on the lives of those individuals who successfully pass their HGV test and secure employment and will also make a big difference to haulage companies by supporting the supply of skilled labour."

The scheme will carry on until the end of March last year, by which point it is hoped that dozens of new permanent and paid positions will have been created. Moving forward, the RHA will continue to work with Jobcentre staff to solve the longer-term problems of the skills shortage in the logistics industry.

This comes as the RHA celebrates its annual national Lorry Week, designed to boost the status of the driving profession while also lobbying the government to help the industry out in these tough times.

 


 
 
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