Drivers in Demand
Drivers in the logistic sector are in demand.
The logistics sector is expected to be at the forefront of the recovery, with post-Covid rates of growth (2.6% p.a.) faster than the economy average (2.0%). Productivity growth will continue to outpace the national average, with automation and digitisation further accelerated post-pandemic. The £440m of growth by 2030 will more than offset 2020’s losses.
With an aging workforce, reduced migrant labour (particularly EU-based) and sectoral shifting, demand for employment will remain strong, with the potential for 2,700 additional jobs in the sector by 2030.
COVID Recovery Grants
This grant is now closed.
Generally, from start to finish, getting an HGV (heavy goods vehicle) or LGV (large goods vehicle) licence is likely to cost between £1,000 and £3,000 although this may vary depending on your ability.
You can apply for a Covid recovery grant to cover the cost of obtaining your HGV licence.
National Careers Service
The National Careers Service offers free impartial information, advice and guidance to help you move on in work and life from professional Careers Advisers. They can support anyone, aged 19 or above – whether you are unemployed or in work. They can help you to develop your CV, interview skills and more.
Visit their page to find out more about progression into LGV, HGV or lorry driver roles.
Job Centre Plus
If you are a job seeker on Universal Credit you will already be using the Job Centre Plus. If you are interested in obtaining your HGV or LGV licence please discuss this with your work coach in the first instance. They may be able to secure funding for this, or find a suitable Sector Work Based Programme with an employer to help you gain the skills needed for a job in the sector, and a possible job at the end of the programme.
Contact your work coach!