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Individuals enrolled onto an Immingham-based driver academy, supported by the Greater Lincolnshire LEP’s Labour Market Support Fund, have all successfully moved into employment.
The Greater Lincolnshire LGV Driver Academy, delivered by Transafe Training, commenced in January 2023 providing innovative and effective driver academies over a two year period providing qualified drivers into the industry.
As well as gaining their LGV licence, learners also undertake a range of other courses, including first aid, mental health awareness, driving professionally as a career and an introduction to the logistic sector as well as their ADR qualification to enable them to carry hazardous goods.
Our Greater Lincolnshire Driver Academy, which is supported by The Greater Lincolnshire LEP’s Labour Market Support Fund, aims to help learners become professional lorry drivers. The interest in joining the initial programme was excellent, and now that the first group have nearly completed, it is fantastic that so many have progressed in to employment,says Modal Training Centre Managing Director Hugh Callaway
We have designed a programme that goes beyond just attaining an LGV licence. The programme includes a range of courses that will help learners understand the transport and logistics sector as well as preparing them for their driving career,adds Hugh
Transafe Training, which is part of Modal Training part of the TEC Partnership, delivers logistics and health and safety courses in Grimsby, Immingham, Scunthorpe and surrounding areas.
From start to finish it was fantastic. The interviews, the assessment day, communication, training in the classroom, and training on the road, all spot on! I really enjoyed the whole experience.Stacey Pochert, who was part of the first cohort said:
The Greater Lincolnshire LEP’s Labour Market Support Fund was created to address skills gaps within our local businesses and so we were pleased to see that so many of the first group of learners on the Transafe driver training course have since found employment,said Clare Hughes, Employment and Skills Executive Manager at the Greater Lincolnshire LEP
The average age of an LGV driver is over 50, creating staffing issue for the industry in terms of finding new drivers, this project helps solve this problem.
Hugh advises “applications to join our next group are open to anyone who lives in the Greater Lincolnshire area, those interested can find out more by looking at our website. We are interested in talking to local and regional employers who may be looking for new drivers in the future, or who would like to get involved with the programme, or let us know how we can help them.”