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A series of high-level meetings between haulage industry representatives and government leaders in recent weeks led many to believe that Chancellor George Osborne would be offering substantial relief for HGV training costs as part of this year’s budget. That confidence has since been dashed by what appears to be a lukewarm offering from Osborne.

The Chancellor’s recent remarks indicated that the Government would be looking at ways to speed up HGV licencing and medical assessments in order to help the haulage industry get more drivers working faster. Osborne also said the Government would be looking at access and funding issues to see if anything can be done to get more students into HGV training. Unfortunately, Osborne’s statements were very light on details.

As you might imagine, the haulage industry is not at all impressed with Osborne’s remarks. Industry leaders are looking for hard-line commitments to answering the question of HGV training costs in the UK. Until those costs are dealt with, the industry fears the driver shortage now entrenched throughout the UK will only continue. New drivers need a way to access training that they can afford.

On the one hand, it is understandable that the Government would be unwilling to commit to anything substantial in an election year. On the other hand, any commitment to address HGV training could be popular with blue-collar voters. Perhaps Osborne is risking his standing by being a bit too cautious. We will have to wait and see. In the meantime, both the haulage industry and training sector have to continue looking for new ways to get students into training.

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The HGV Training Centre invites you to consider training with us to become a professional driver. For starters, we do our best to keep HGV training costs as low as possible by streamlining our classes wherever we can. We can have you trained and ready to go in a matter of weeks rather than months.

New drivers needing financial assistance will be happy to know that the HGV Training Centre partners with a well-known financial services company to provide student funding. If you qualify, you can finance your training without having to worry about paying it back until you start working. Moreover, with no shortage of jobs out there, you should have no trouble finding employment as an HGV driver.

We hope you will not let HGV training costs dissuade you from becoming a professional driver. HGV or PCV driving is an excellent career choice that offers excitement, adventure, stability and competitive pay and benefits. Join a good company, and you could be set for your entire working career.

If you have been looking for an excellent career opportunity with lots of potential, HGV driving might be what you have been hoping to find. Please contact the HGV Training Centre for more information about class schedules, facility locations, and HGV training costs. We are happy to answer all of your questions.

Sources:

  1. The Load Star – https://theloadstar.co.uk/uks-modest-budget-pledges-fall-short-of-boosting-haulage-industry/

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