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Rising number of driving jobs could create skills shortage

By: Laura Nineham
31 December 2010

The number of driving jobs has increased at such a rate that experts are warning unless people begin logistics training soon, the industry could see a skills shortage.

In the run-up to Christmas there were over 25,700 HGV jobs advertised, which is nearly double the number advertised the same time last year. The number of van driver vacancies advertised was over 10,100, which was again almost double the number of the previous year.

The Mirror warned that the figures serve as early danger signs that the industry could spiral towards the problems seen in the first half of the decade, where there were large-scale driver shortages.

In order to address this, the government is trying to encourage more people to look to driving jobs as a career path and start logistics training.

Rachel Hutchinson is one of the country's youngest HGV drivers, who said a driving job is a good way to earn a living. "Within two months I had my HGV Class 1 license," she said. "It took a little of getting used to but once you're taught properly you know what you're doing."

"The thing I find tough is the early stars," Rachel revealed. "Getting up at 4am can be hard especially in the winter months. But the bottom line is that I need to earn a living and this is a great way to do it."

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