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Cornwall’s largest college group (@CornwallCollege) has launched a brand-new lorry driving academy to help boost the county’s job prospects and solve a shortage in drivers. 

The Cornwall College Group (TCCG) has partnered with government organisations, local haulage company Conway Bailey and training firm Driveline to offer a bespoke eight-week programme that will see successful students finish up behind the wheel of a lorry – helping fill a vital gap in the nation’s HGV driver shortage.   

Experienced heavy goods vehicle (HGV) driver Steven Raw, is heading up the programme for the college, which begun last week.  

He commented:

“We’ve set up the Cornwall College HGV Academy in direct response to the national shortage of qualified drivers.  

“By completing our eight-week intensive programme, potential drivers will be fully-qualified and ready to land a well-paid job – often without parting with a penny.  

“This really is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to secure a well-paid job that is in incredibly high demand.”  

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The Road Haulage Association estimates there is a shortage of more than 100,000 qualified drivers in the UK.  

Steven has been in the HGV industry for more than 25 years, having qualified whilst working in the forces. Before moving on to training future drivers, his background was in fuel transportation and worked as an aircraft refueler in the marines.  

Half of the course will be taught in a classroom by Steven at Cornwall College Camborne, with the remainder of the time spent in a practical environment working with local firm Conway Bailey.  

Drivers will then take a test overseen by experts at Driveline in St Austell.  

Principal and chief executive of TCCG, John Evans, added:

“As the career college, we’re proud to be adding this exciting programme to our suite of courses which prepare students of all ages for a valuable job when their studies with us comes to an end.  

“Jobs in the HGV industry can pay anywhere up to £30,000 – £35,000 so this is an opportunity not to be missed by those even slightly interested.”  

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