Fancy being a lorry driver - here's your chance

Torbay Weekly

Hundreds of aspiring HGV drivers in the South West can now apply for a scheme to help them train and get a job as an HGV driver, fully funded by the Department for Education.  

The Driver Academy Group, a consortium led by HGV training specialist HGVC and comprising Manpower and Logistics UK, is offering hundreds of places across the region.

The training courses are available at dozens of locations across the South West. Qualified drivers could secure starting salaries of up to £40,000, or more for those driving dangerous goods.

The Skills Bootcamps in HGV Driving went live on Friday,10 December and are open to anyone with a car license aged 19 and over. The Driver Academy Group is particularly keen on helping underrepresented groups, such as women, those from ethnic minorities, and younger drivers, to become HGV drivers.

Those finding themselves unemployed, or ex-offenders, are also encouraged to apply to become a driver. Candidates can apply at

James Clifford, CEO of HGVC, said: “This is a huge opportunity for aspiring HGV drivers in the South West. Funding is a major barrier to entry for those looking to train as HGV drivers so this new funding from the Department for Education will make a big difference to get more people into the industry.

“Businesses across the South West need more drivers, and this scheme will make a notable impact on the local economy. We will help get people into work while supporting existing drivers to achieve more critical and higher-paid roles. Our partnership with Manpower Group and Logistics UK means we’re confident we can get people into great HGV jobs at the end of the scheme.”

David Jordan, Deputy Operations Director – Services at Logistics UK, added: “The severe shortage of HGV drivers has had a significant impact on our industry over the past year.  Logistics UK is proud to be part of the consortium charged with providing a solution to the issue and we look forward to adding our support and expertise to the Skills Bootcamps, alongside the experts at HGVC and Manpower.”