Translink investing thousands in free training courses to tackle shortage of HGV drivers

A forward-thinking Leicestershire logistics firm is pledging to invest tens of thousands of pounds in free training courses to help tackle the chronic shortage of HGV drivers in the UK.

Translink Express Logistics, in Narborough, has launched the first scheme of its kind to offer fully-funded driver training to new and existing employees and provide a simpler route into work for younger and new-pass drivers.

Translink, a member of the Wolverhampton-based Pallet-Track network, is offering free HGV training courses to its staff from this month (July), which it will pay for at a cost of up to £2,500 per person.

Drivers will be able to take the course during working hours and won’t have to use annual leave to complete the training.

Translink has also struck a deal with the national HGV training school Hughes Driver Training to introduce all new-pass drivers in the Leicestershire area to the business with the aim of helping them develop their driving skills further.

The company will offer all new-pass HGV Class 2 drivers the opportunity to upgrade to HGV Class 1 within six months, for free, and is working with its insurers, Towergate, to allow it to take on younger and new-pass drivers without the usual ‘red tape’ which often obstructs this process.

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