Telford College is launching a new series of ‘Skills Bootcamps’ to help train a new generation of heavy truck drivers.
The college offers seven different heavy truck training paths under the government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee, which is designed to help everyone develop ‘skills for life’.
They include ‘back to wheels’ retraining programs to help drivers return to their previous roles, opportunities for existing drivers to learn and develop, and a choice of ‘novice to class C’ programs for new drivers. new arrivals in the area.
Skills Bootcamps are open to working adults and the unemployed. Full details of the seven different courses offered by Telford College are available at telfordcollege.ac.uk/skills-bootcamps
Claire Barker, Telford College’s Deputy Director for Employer Engagement and Skills, said: âWe are delighted to have been chosen to help deliver these important and timely programs.
âSkills Bootcamps are flexible courses lasting up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to learn industry-specific skills and quickly access an interview with a local employer.
âThey are provided in partnership with employers, providers and local authorities, to help people build lifelong skills, support skill demands in their area and ultimately help people get better jobs.
âThere is a task to raise awareness, understand and embrace these exciting new courses – we want to work with the public, employers and stakeholders to create real momentum around this innovative recycling model. “
The Heavy Duty Skills Training Camps build on Telford College’s already established sector work academies, which are already operational in partnership with employers and driver training agencies.
Free courses are available to anyone over the age of 19 who is actively looking for a job and who benefits either from universal credit or from a jobseeker’s allowance. Claire said Telford College is committed to doing everything possible to address the problems caused by a shortage of qualified drivers which is seriously disrupting the UK’s logistics and delivery chains.