Pall-Ex is accelerating its recruitment with the launch of a nationwide Driver Drive, which will help tackle HGV driver shortages across its network.
The firm has launched a new website where drivers can apply for
jobs across the network, including roles for class one and two HGV drivers,
forklift truck operators and van drivers.
The East Midlands-based palletised distribution network is
launching the drive during the Road Haulage Association’s National Lorry Week
(16th – 22ndSeptember), designed to raise the profile of careers in the
The industry is facing a growing shortage of drivers due to
an ageing workforce; research from workers’ union Unite shows that just 1% of
HGV drivers in the UK are aged under 25, while the average age of
drivers was recorded at 48 in 2016 – up from 45.3 in 2001 – with 13%
aged over 60.
Kevin Buchanan, Group managing director at Pall-Ex,
comments: “We wanted to find a resolution that would benefit Pall-Ex as a
whole, particularly our members who are struggling to fill driving roles.
“We receive a lot of requests via our social media platforms
about recruitment in different areas of the country, so it became apparent that
we needed one location where people could apply for various jobs across the
“Available roles are for drivers who already hold a Class 1
or 2 HGV licence, or a counter-balance licence, and are looking for new
opportunities. However, we do have a forklift truck academy where drivers can
access a full training programme, which is currently available at our central
hub in Ellistown.”
Despite being the UK’s fifth largest employer, responsible
for moving 1.41 billion tonnes of goods in 2018 according to figures from the
Department for Transport, the logistics industry continues to face recruitment
Kevin adds: “Attracting the younger generation has become
more challenging as they are unaware of the scope of jobs available and the
opportunities for progression.
“Also, training to become a driver has a major cost
associated with it. We fully support calls for improved access to training,
apprenticeships and grants that can help young people start their careers in
“We want logistics to be a talking point in schools, so we
can educate young people on the positives of not only driving, but other roles in
the industry. We pro-actively speak to local colleges about opportunities and
have students visit our main hub in Ellistown for work experience and placement
“Our increasing preference for online purchasing is fuelling
growth in the sector, so we need to encourage the next generation to take the
wheel and drive the industry forward.”
To view available jobs visit www.pallexdrivers.co.uk.
Source: Courier News