Call to train more local people to be professional HGV drivers

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A Mid Ulster councillor has called on the council to engage with local colleges and assess what it can do to entice local people address the current HGV driver shortage.

Noting the shortage of lorry drivers is currently affecting the whole of Ireland, Independent Councillor Dan Kerr, called on the local authority to help address the situation and seek to help young people and those on a low income into the profession.

Addressing the development committee, Cllr Kerr said: “Would it be possible if we could liaise with local colleges and the haulage industry to see what we could do as a local authority to try and entice young people or people on a low income or the unemployed to become HGV drivers.

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“I know there are programmes out there were there might be heavily subsidised lessons for people. However, I think it would be a good opportunity ourselves to make people aware that there is a career available as an HGV driver.”

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