Solving the Driver Crisis - an FTA Summit

Solving the Driver Crisis - an FTA Summit

The driver shortage may be for life, not just for Christmas...

The logistics industry has yet again delivered a fantastic Christmas but this year not without its biggest challenge – of having enough drivers. The shortage of qualified and experienced HGV drivers is now a chronic problem for road freight operators and the problems experienced in the run-up to this Christmas will persist into 2015 and beyond.

This is not just a haulage sector problem but is also affecting operators across British commerce. We are simply failing to attract sufficient numbers of people into the industry and time is running out to turn this around. Whilst the Government can help with the problem, ultimately the industry itself will have to solve it.

We need to stop complaining and start campaigning...

Join up to 500 fellow operators at a unique free FTA Summit at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on Thursday 12 March 2015 to review the current position, discuss what can be done and learn from experiences and best practice across the industry and around the world.

The outline programme for the day will include the following sessions:

  • How big is the problem?
    - Driver demographics - how many drivers will we need and by when? 
    - What will be the skill sets of professional drivers in the future?
  • How was your Christmas?
    - Real experiences shared from operators in different sectors of the industry 
  • Perceptions of driving
    - What are government perceptions of professional driving?
    - What help and support is already available and how do we access it?
    - What more needs to be done? 
  • Breaking down the barriers
    - How do we minimise other barriers to putting drivers on the road?
    - Insurance costs, medicals, driver licensing; driving test slots
  • Retaining those currently driving
    - How to keep the drivers you currently have?  
    - How to recruit and retain drivers?
    - What do drivers want? 
    - How do we improve facilities for drivers? 
  • Broadening the appeal of driving
    - Reaching out to women
    - Will foreign drivers come to our rescue again?
    - Armed forces redeployment opportunities
  • Tapping into funding
    - A guide to funding sources and how to access them
    - JobCentre+ funding
    - Extension of student loans to vocational training

Learn from other sectors on successful strategies for recruiting and retraining qualified staff as well as hear from Government policy makers, industry experts, leading operators and drivers at this unique industry event aimed at Solving the Driver Crisis.

You don't need to be an FTA member to attend and attendance is free of charge for the first 500 applicants.

Contact Details

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