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The closing of several prominent collieries in Scotland has left hundreds of workers unemployed and with no real prospects. Fortunately, some of them are taking advantage of HGV training to begin a new career behind the wheel. According to the Cumnock Chronicle, potential new drivers are receiving assistance through a number of agencies working together on their behalf.

The Chronicle specifically names Skills Development Scotland and JobCentre Plus as just two of the organisations working with East Ayrshire Council to get displaced coal workers back to work. The free training provided by the council has already helped a number of former coal workers begin new careers.

The training is of benefit to both displaced workers and the haulage and transport industries as a whole. As you may already know, the UK is currently in the midst of a professional driver shortage; a shortage that will likely only get worse in the future as drivers retire or move to other trades.

Part of that shortage is due to the new requirements forcing current HGV drivers to receive CPC training by next year. The cost of that training is causing some older drivers to consider retirement if they are already close to pension age. As for the new drivers training in Scotland, the CPC requirements are already included so they do not bear any additional expense.

Hopefully, displaced coal workers all over Scotland will take advantage of the opportunity to become HGV drivers. For those who don’t have access to services provided by the likes of the Ayrshire Council, the HGV Training Centre offers complete HGV training in Edinburgh as well as at more than 40 other locations throughout the country.

Every Step of the Way

Beginning a new career as a professional driver does not have to be difficult or scary. In fact, the HGV Training Centre helps each of our recruits every step of the way. If you need help preparing the paperwork for your medical exam, we can assist you. If you would like to take preparation training for your theory exam, we provide classes for that. You might be happy to know that we have a 92% first time pass rate for the HGV theory test.

Upon passing your theory test, we can enrol you in the necessary training programs to prepare you for your practical skills test. Moreover, when it’s time to take that test, we’ll even send one of our professional trainers with you. With the HGV Training Centre in your corner, you can be successfully licenced in no time at all.

To help you find employment, we even offer a jobs database containing up-to-date listings for hundreds of jobs all across the UK. Our database is updated daily for the benefit of our drivers.

Are you ready to start a new career? If so, consider getting your HGV training in Edinburgh or at one of our other facilities. We want to help you get back into the workforce with a brand-new career as a commercial driver.


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