The first cohort of the Greater Lincolnshire LGV Driver Academy have all successfully moved into employment.  

As well as gaining their LGV licence, learners also completed a range of other courses such as first aid, mental health awareness and an introduction to the logistic sector. 
The LGV Driver Academy, funded by the Greater Lincolnshire LEP’s Labour Market Support Fund and delivered by Transafe Training, was developed to provide innovative and effective driver academies to address skills gaps within local businesses. 
Transafe Training, which is part of Modal Training, delivers logistics and health and safety courses in Grimsby, Immingham, Scunthorpe and surrounding areas. 
Hugh Callaway, Managing Director of Modal Training, said: “Our Greater Lincolnshire Driver Academy, which is supported by The Greater Lincolnshire LEP’s Labour Market Support Fund, aims to help learners become professional lorry drivers. 
“The interest in joining the initial programme was excellent, and now that the first group have nearly completed, it is fantastic that so many have progressed into employment. 
“We have designed a programme that goes beyond just attaining an LGV licence. The programme includes a range of courses that will help learners understand the transport and logistics sector as well as preparing them for their driving career.” 
Stacey Pochert, who was part of the first cohort, said: “From start to finish it was fantastic. The interviews, the assessment day, communication, training in the classroom and on the road, all spot on! I really enjoyed the whole experience.” 
Clare Hughes, Employment and Skills Executive Manager at the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, said: “The Greater Lincolnshire LEP’s Labour Market Support Fund was created to address skills gaps within our local businesses, and we are so pleased to see that many of the first group of learners on the Transafe driver training course have since found employment. 

“We look forward to seeing the next group of learners achieve similar levels of success and urge potential new drivers to take advantage of the training while it is available.” 
Find out more about the training here.  
Find out more about the Labour Market Support Fund here

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