Road to Logistics receives £1 million boost

Road to Logistics receives £1 million funding boost

An industry training scheme aimed at tackling the UK's acute driver shortage has received a £1 million boost from the Government.

Road to Logistics, which was set up three years ago by the Road Haulage Association and telematics company Microlise, aims to train up to 300 drivers in the first year. 

The not-for-profit scheme, which has been trialled at HM Prison Sudbury and other prisons across the UK, will link potential drivers with employers, mentor them and put them through the necessary training including taking their HGV driving test.

 “This is the culmination of three years of collaboration and hard work between the RHA and Microlise,” said RHA Chief Executive, Richard Burnett. 

“The future of the UK road transport industry depends on its drivers and right now we’re facing a shortage of approximately 60,000. Road to Logistics will go some way to resolving this while at the same time supporting ex-offenders, the long-term unemployed and individuals from other disadvantaged backgrounds.”

 “It’s fantastic that Government is supporting an initiative that will help to resolve the shortage of drivers whilst providing a helping hand for those that need it the most.”

Microlise Executive Director, Bob Harbey said: “We firmly believe that Road to Logistics will play a central role in addressing the sector’s skills shortfall and are extremely pleased that Government is providing the support that is so desperately needed. 

“The shortage of HGV drivers is a massive threat to the economy. Without them, the wheels of the UK road transport industry will, quite literally, grind to a halt.

“The next stage is to focus on unlocking the Apprenticeship Levy for our sector.”

For more information including how to get involved, go to Road to Logistics

Photo: Microlise's Bob Harbey (left) with Richard Burnett, RHA