The number of places for UK veterans to train as HGV drivers will significantly increase under new plans to better prepare service leavers for employment following their military careers.
Under the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) – the MOD’s official scheme for those transitioning from the military into civilian life – the current provision of 100 training places will increase to nearly 350 places over the next 12 months.
Courses are available in Cat C, Cat C&E, Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC) and ADR (dangerous goods), opening up a range of employment opportunities to service leavers.
Minister for defence people and veterans Leo Docherty said: “The expansion of the driver training offer will aid a cross-government effort to increase the number of HGV drivers, while also recognising the ask from service leavers and veterans for more funded vocational training.
“In addition, following agreement with the Department for Transport (DfT) and Department for Education (DfE), veterans who already hold an HGV licence, but have not undertaken the training to drive commercially, will be able to use DfE Skills Bootcamps to gain this qualification.