Fancy a life on the road?
The current HGV driver shortage has led to growing problems, with stores running out of some goods.
Even McDonald’s has been affected, running out of milkshakes and bottled drinks across its 1,250 outlets in England, Scotland and Wales.
In response, York Jobcentre is running a 25-day course for benefit claimants to get their Category C driving licence.
It is working with the System Group to run the HGV sector-based work academy programme – or SWAP – and participants are guaranteed an interview with a local employer.
Wendy Mangan, employer and partnership manager at York Jobcentre, said: “The driver shortage means it is more important than ever that local job centres work with training providers and employers to upskill current jobseekers and help give them the skills they need to become the next generation of HGV drivers.
“Through SWAPs we are retraining those who are unemployed to start new careers as key workers in the logistics sector.”
The York course will be delivered online and in person.
The online element includes:
- Health and Safety Level 1
- Digital Skills Level 1
- Employability Award Level 1 Warehouse Level 2
- and DGV Level 2.
Theory revision and a test follows.
Once the theory is passed there is a one week, in-person, practical driving, progressing to the Cat C Licence.