At a time when there is a well-documented national shortage of skilled HGV drivers, one company is breaking the mould and taking the initiative to train its own candidates in-house

Brit European has been around for almost 100 years, but that does not mean it is shy to undertake new innovative ventures to create solutions.

One such problem that it is tackling, is the national shortage of HGV-qualified drivers. Instead of simply advertising for people to fill the role, a daunting task when there is a dearth of candidates, it has decided to create its own program called the Brit European Academy.

The fast-track solution offers the chance for Class 2 drivers to progress to Class 1 under a fully funded scheme. New pass C+E (Class 1) drivers are also eligible to join the scheme.


Rob McNinch, Group Sales Director at Brit European, said: “The underlying philosophy is to work closely with our customers to find creative and innovative solutions for today and the future.

“The objective is to get enthusiastic inexperienced drivers from an 18 tonne Rigid to a 44 tonne Draw Bar within two years, which takes a drivers potential earning capability to £45k per annum and gives them the chance to drive some of the most advanced trucks on UK roads today.

“We would like the vast majority of our artic and drawbar vacancies to be filled with ‘home grown’ talent.”

There is a seven-step process ingrained into the program, from initial registration and sign-up in stage one, to the two-year bonus and graduation in step seven. As a privately owned business founded in 1924, it has continually re-invented itself since pioneering through route cross channel distribution and is now a modern international specialist logistics provider across a diverse range of market segments

To apply for the Brit European driver academy please contact Dave Andrews on dave.andrews@briteuropean.co.uk or 07801 308827.

First published by RHA – James Evison