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Weston College to offer free HGV Skills Bootcamps

Weston College has been announced as the only Ofsted Outstanding education providers to offer HGV Skills Bootcamps.

The Government announced the Skills Bootcamp in October, part of the Skills for Life initiative, with the aim of training 5,000 (new and returning) people to become HGV drivers.

The HGV Skills Bootcamps offer participants free, flexible courses that last up to 16 weeks, with those that successfully complete the course being guaranteed a job interview.

Weston College will be offering a range of courses, training participants to be road ready and gain licences for Cat C, Cat CE and upskills with qualifications such as ADR (Hazfreight).

Principal and Chief Executive of the Weston College Group, Dr Paul Phillips, said: “It has been well reported that there is a driver shortage and the impact that is having on our nation, these bootcamps are designed to help this situation they will not only support employers in the region that need additional drivers, but they will also offer people in our community the opportunity to learn new skills, and gain the relevant qualifications needed to get a job in an industry which is full of opportunities.

“We are delighted to be one of the providers offering these life-changing courses at our state-of-the-art Construction Training Centre just off junction 21 of the M5. We are looking forward to seeing new drivers out on the road, following completion of the Skills Bootcamp and helping logistics employers find their new recruits to help get Britain back on track!”

This Skills Bootcamp is aimed at two categories of candidate:

  • Individuals who have no, or limited, prior experience of driving HGVs
  • Already qualified HGV drivers who require additional qualifications, such as an ADR licence or wish to upgrade from HGV Cat C to CE

The college has courses running across January, February and March. All courses have limited spaces left – and people can register their interest here or call 01934 411 147.

Employers looking at either upskilling existing staff or wanting to recruit learners that complete the courses visit the employer page or call 01275 465555.

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