Gist has announced training to tackle the current issue surrounding HGV driver numbers.

The company has announced plans to get more people behind the wheel to deal with the ongoing shortages.

Specifically, aspiring HGV drivers can now jump the queue for training and sit their Class C+E driving test. 

Gist will run its own tests at its fully accredited centre in Spalding, Lincolnshire.

Furthermore, Gist is actively recruiting up to 80 eligible Class C drivers and provisional HGV licence holders.

These individuals will be trained and examined through a fully-funded in-house HGV driver programme. 

For example, the drivers will gain Class C+E licence. 

In addition, they will drive for Gist in time for Christmas build-up.

Gist has high hopes for its training to tackle the truck driver shortage.

Indeed, it anticipates its training and testing will deliver up to 300 new HGV drivers a year.

Reasurringly, those offered places on the programme will receive competitive rates of pay from day one. 

Furthermore, Gist will fully fund all training costs and fees associated with obtaining the relevant licences. 

Also, it will cover travel and accommodation costs. 

Importantly, the overall support package is expected to save individuals’ approximately £3,000 over self-funding. 

Successful applicants will also benefit from Gist’s sign-on and retention bonuses. These bonuses are worth up to £5,000 and are payable over their first 15 months of employment.

Michael Chambers, Gist chief executive said the company was keen to help. 

“The logistics industry has a critical part to play in addressing the HGV driver shortage,” he said. 

“While the recent Government intervention on short-term HGV driver visas is welcomed. 

“However, it will help deliver the nation’s Christmas, it is not a long-term solution.

“But training and developing home-grown drivers is the most sustainable way out of this crisis.”