In a rush to relieve pressure on the warehousing and logistics industries in the UK, the Government has boosted its investment into HGV Skills Bootcamps from £17m to an impressive £34. This news couldn’t come at a better time for an industry finding itself in one of the busiest Christmas’ on record says Midland Pallet Trucks.
The HGV Skills Bootcamps, which will see over 11,000 places on offer for people to train as a lorry driver, are already being booked up, which signals a future surge in the number of road-ready drivers ready to deal with the rising consumer demand that’s spiked over the pandemic.
Not only does this investment mean more drivers delivering customer orders, but it will also relieve some of the pressure being faced by warehouses across the country. As online orders increase, warehouse owners have been struggling to store and manage stock, as shared by manual handling equipment provider, Midland Pallet Trucks, the leading UK supplier of high-quality pallet trucks, manual stacker trucks and lift tables.
Over the past year, Midland Pallet Trucks has been providing warehouses up and down the country with the equipment they need to help improve warehouse management and ensure speedy deliveries. Combined with the new Government training schemes, customers of the UK supplier are being handed a much-needed lifeline.
Phil Chesworth, Managing Director of Midland Pallet Trucks says “We’ve been doing our best to support our customers over the past year by providing the efficient and reliable equipment that’s essential for a productive warehouse, but there’s been a big bottleneck caused by the lack of HGV drivers.
Now that the Government has boosted their funding into training schemes, we can look forward to a much brighter future ahead. With more drivers on the road, it means stock can move through our warehouses quicker and get delivered to end customers in a timely manner.”
With the first drivers from the Government scheme planned to be hitting the roads in March 2022, the logistics industry can start to look forward to an easier new year after the pandemic, Brexit, low wages, and tax changes threatened to derail the whole industry in recent years.