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The continuing HGV Driver shortage has prompted the UK Government to provide £100k to Veterans into Logistics

The continuing HGV Driver shortage has prompted the UK Government to provide £100k to Veterans into Logistics

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Steve Barclay, announced on June 22 that the UK Government will be providing £100,000 to the charity Veterans into Logistics, to support the organisation's mission of offering specialised training to former service members interested in a career as an HGV driver.

This funding follows on from another scheme by the Ministry of Defence who provided 350 HGV training places through their Career Transition Partnership scheme last November.

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Steve Barclay said, “Veterans gain great skills and experience while in the military and we want to ensure that those skills are fully utilised when they move into civilian work.

The funding from the Office of Veterans' Affairs will allow the charity, Veterans into Logistics, to triple the number of people trained each year, with 900 veterans taking their test each year and completing their training in just 25 days.

eDirector of Veterans into Logistics Darren Wright said, “x-military personnel have a set of skills that the companies we work with look for in employees, they have had morals and standards drilled into them throughout their career and will keep these as a veteran, they are a dedicated, loyal breed of individual. We are grateful for the assistance received so far from the Cabinet Officer, this has enabled us to broaden our team to achieve our mission of supporting even more Veterans into new careers within the Logistics sector. Veterans into Logistics look forward to working in partnership with the government.

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