Distance learning programme for prison learners
(Posted on 10/11/17)
In the UK right now there is a shortage of licensed, qualified HGV drivers. This is having an impact on the haulage industry as well as the UK economy and it currently shows no sign of improving. The UK is currently 60,000 HGV drivers short and it is predicted that by 2020 there will be a shortfall of 150,000 drivers.
With the average age of HGV drivers being 53, much older than the national average, and only 2% under the age of 25, many drivers are coming up to retirement while not enough young drivers are coming through to replace them.
The HGV driver shortage is limiting the haulage industry’s ability to deliver high quality services. If something isn’t done to attract more drivers to the industry the shortage will have a huge impact on goods being delivered around the UK and beyond.
On the back of the recent success we have had delivering vocational training at 5 prisons across the Midlands we have developed a distance learning resource which introduces learners to the idea of a career in the driving goods industry upon their release from prison.
K2e are currently in talks with a number of national employers who operate in the logistics sector and a number of prisons with a view to piloting the programme in the coming months.
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