ELB Partners Ltd, a London-based logistics company, is introducing two new HGV drivers, Dylan Borras and Steve Cairnes, to its team in 2024 as part of its HGV driver training programme. These individuals will attain their Class 2 licence early next year enabling them to drive trucks over 3,500kg. The company has already funded the training of four drivers who have now qualified for their Class 2 licence, and these drivers are currently supporting the company with collections and deliveries. ELB Partners is affiliated with Pallet-Track and the Hazchem Network, whose partnership supports the delivery of goods by independent hauliers. Notably, the company’s safety equipment installation in its trucks supports drivers by reducing risk through the use of AI cameras and telematics technology. This technology detects incidents and analyses information to prevent issues like tailgating, road users’ vulnerability, and driver fatigue. This proactive initiative is part of the efforts taken by ELB Partners in response to the HGV driver shortage of 2021.
According to the Road Haulage Association (RHA), the average age of an HGV driver is 55, with under one per cent of the workforce aged under 25, resulting in a local skills shortage. To bridge this gap, ELB Partners has integrated an HGV training programme in partnership with EP Training Services, creating employment opportunities and expanding the skills of drivers at all stages of their careers. As a result of the company’s recent appeal for more drivers, the positive response from a diverse group of hopefuls shows a real appetite for driver training in the local area.
Peter Eason, the managing director at ELB Partners, is pleased to have new drivers on board, indicating that the initiative creates new opportunities for individuals to upgrade their skills and pursue a career in this industry. Borras, who recently joined the team, expressed his delight in contributing to the company and gaining a career that provides security and ample opportunities for progress. Eason encourages other companies to follow in ELB Partner’s footsteps to train future generations of skilled HGV drivers.