Close Brothers Asset Finance has partnered with the Road Haulage Association (RHA) to support the training of 20 heavy good vehicles (HGV) apprentice drivers.
As part of the scheme, open to drivers from companies with 20 vehicles or less, Close Brothers will help pay for the apprentices’ training, meaning that hauliers will not have to bear the full costs until the recruits start making a positive contribution to the business.
John Fawcett, chief executive officer for the Transport division at Close Brothers Asset Finance, said: “Britain’s transport companies urgently need to recruit and train a new generation of skilled drivers if they are to grow in an increasingly competitive market. We are proud to continue our tradition of actively championing apprentice schemes and believe this pioneering scheme will provide genuine financial support to the SME sector.”
Richard Burnett, chief executive of the RHA, added: “Our industry is facing a massive skills shortage and, with Brexit looming, it looks set to get worse. This is a ground-breaking scheme that, by helping 20 of our members to recruit, train and employ new drivers, will go some way to reducing the shortage.”
Becki Quick, director of Meadley International Transport, one of the firms selected for the scheme, added: “We are delighted to take advantage of this apprentice scheme and the employee we have in mind is over the moon. We feel very fortunate to have been selected and would like to thank the RHA and Close Brothers Asset Finance for the opportunity.”