Croydon’s ELB Partners Ltd is accepting new applications for its 2023 HGV driver training scheme, after teaming up with EP Training Services to upskill its team.

The successful applicant will train to become a fully qualified HGV driver over the course of one year, starting with van driving and working their way up to their Class 1 licence, with all training fully funded by ELB Partners.

The company has committed to training the next generation of HGV drivers to overcome local driver shortages and has already funded the training of three new drivers in the last 12 months and many more over the years.

ELB Partners’ Greater London location requires drivers to be highly skilled and able to manoeuvre vehicles of all sizes through difficult situations.

The logistics firm is also a member of Pallet-Track and the Hazchem Network, which enable independent hauliers to work in partnership to deliver goods efficiently across the UK, and require drivers to be able to deliver goods to business and residential locations.

Peter Eason, managing director at ELB Partners, commented: “We are fully committed to helping potential HGV drivers reach their full potential with the right training and support.

“Our training scheme provides us with the opportunity to recruit someone who has the right attitude and enthusiasm for the role, and is willing to work hard to gain the correct skills and experience.

“Over the years, we’ve met a lot of would-be HGV drivers with huge potential, but they have been unable to invest in training due to having no guaranteed job.

“Many firms also require qualified HGV drivers to have at least two years’ experience on the road, which is another significant barrier, especially for young people who are just starting out in their careers.”