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Bridging the Gap: Empowering More Women to Drive the Future of Haulage

Amid a chronic shortage of lorry drivers that has been accentuated by the coronavirus pandemic, Brexit, and recent tax changes, the UK’s haulage industry is facing a critical juncture. Industry estimates point to a staggering shortfall of around 100,000 drivers, a situation that has disrupted supply chains, leaving businesses scrambling and consumers facing empty shelves. While efforts to address this crisis have included calls for temporary visas for EU drivers and streamlining licensing processes, a more sustainable solution lies closer to home: attracting more women to a profession where they are significantly underrepresented.

Currently, women make up a mere 1% of truck drivers in the UK, a figure that starkly highlights the untapped potential within the haulage sector. However, there has been a positive shift in recent years, with the percentage of HGV test passes by women increasing from 6.7% in 2011/12 to 9.7% by 2021/22. This increase, while encouraging, underscores the vast opportunities available for women in an industry.

At UK HGV, we are leading the charge in championing diversity and inclusion in the haulage industry, recognising the critical need for a more diverse workforce, and providing initiatives designed to attract, train, and retain female lorry drivers. This focus not only addresses the driver shortage but also breaks down traditional barriers, challenging the outdated perception of HGV driving as a predominantly masculine profession.

The Benefits of Becoming HGV Trained

For women contemplating a career shift or entry into the workforce, becoming HGV trained offers a pathway to a rewarding and flexible career. HGV driving presents several advantages, including competitive salaries that reflect the skilled nature of the work. These comprehensive training programs equip drivers with the necessary skills and confidence, and flexible working arrangements that can accommodate different lifestyles and commitments.

Moreover, the haulage industry’s current demand for drivers ensures job security, an important consideration in today’s uncertain economic climate. With 45% of current UK HGV drivers approaching retirement age within the next decade, the industry is ripe with opportunities for new entrants, particularly women, who can bring fresh perspectives and diversify the workforce.

A Flexible and Attractive Career Option for Women

Understanding the unique challenges and preferences of female drivers, UK HGV is creating a supportive and inclusive environment. This includes addressing safety concerns, providing access to female-friendly facilities, and fostering a culture of respect and equality. Such measures not only attract more women to the profession but also ensure their retention and satisfaction in the long term.

The flexibility of HGV driving as a career cannot be overstated. With options for local, national, and international routes, drivers can choose assignments that best fit their lifestyle, be it balancing family commitments or pursuing travel interests. This level of autonomy and flexibility is a significant draw for women seeking a career that does not confine them to a traditional 9-to-5 setting.

Driving Forward

Embarking on a career as an HGV driver is an exciting and empowering choice for women, and UK HGV is here to support you every step of the way. With a commitment to breaking down barriers and fostering inclusivity, UK HGV offers comprehensive training programs tailored to the needs of aspiring female drivers. From obtaining your licence to mastering the road, our expert trainers and supportive community are dedicated to ensuring you have the skills, confidence, and support to succeed in the haulage industry.

Our team is on hand to guide you through the training process, answer any questions you may have, and provide ongoing support even after you have hit the road. Whether you are looking for a career change, re-entering the workforce, or starting fresh, UK HGV believes in your potential and is here to help unlock it. Why not contact us today to discuss your options?

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