LHUK members to tackle driver shortage issue

MEMBERS of LHUK met to discuss the main issues faced by the industry and have identified driver shortages as one of the main problems faced by logistic businesses in the region.

This national problem, is affecting businesses operating out of the Sheffield City Region, and work is now being planned to address this.Steve Gill, from Doncaster Sheffield Airport, who chairs the group, said: “It was great to get together with LHUK members and welcome new members to the group.

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“There were some really positive messages from the businesses regarding the amount of work they are doing and year on year growth.

“One of the biggest challenges that the members identified is the driver shortage issue with one firm saying that they could employ at least an additional 10 drivers a day. If this is replicated across more logistics businesses then there is the potential for this sector to really boost employment figures.”

Several members are now working together to investigate the key blockers in driver recruitment and will be working with the education/ apprenticeship sector to see how these can be delivered in a way that better meets industry needs.

Laurence Abel from Shepherd Distribution, said: “There is a lot that can be done to help to improve driver recruitment. SMEs need greater financial assistance along with shorter time lines to help fast track budding drivers to obtain their HGV licence; instead of 12 month apprenticeships; ones geared towards an eight to twelve week lead time would be more practical and encourage new entrants to the industry.

14 July 2017

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