Plans to boost recruitment in the transport industry have been unveiled tocombat a predicted shortfall of up to 80,000 lorry drivers over the next twoyears. The package of proposals, published by the Freight Transport Association, isin response to the implementation of the Working Time Directive for mobileworkers that will limit driver hours to a maximum of 48 in 2005. The recruitment initiative includes a plan for a young driver trainingscheme, aimed at helping people achieve their HGV licence at an earlier age.Also proposed is a MOD re-settlement plan to encourage former militarypersonnel to become civilian lorry drivers and a scheme to help unemployed peoplereceive the HGV training they need. John Paterson, group HR director at Christian Salvesen, welcomed theproposals outlined in the FTA’s report Take a Step Up. He said: “Fast-tracking young drivers is a very good idea, as istargeting unemployed people. The Army is a traditional source of drivers forthe industry and should be revisited. We have put together a promotional videoand sent it to the Army. “We are also looking to enter into a pilot scheme where we will pay themilitary to train staff.” Paterson believes the industry needs to go beyond the recruitment initiativeand overhaul its image if it wants to retain its drivers. He said: “It isvery much a macho industry, with a long-hours low-pay culture. We need toimprove benefits – the industry is under-pensioned and has poor sick pay.” Daco 29 May 2014 at 9:57 pm # Lorry drivers recruitment plan unveiledOn 7 May 2002 in Military, Personnel Today Features list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a… Previous Article Next Article One Response to Lorry drivers recruitment plan unveiled Related posts: Does any company still pay to train and recruit an employee? They can deduct small amounts of money from their monthly salary untill training is paid back over 5 years for example? British young drivers cant afford to pay £2500 to get their hgv licence.