Logistics company offers to fund training for new truck drivers as industry continues to tackle staff shortages.

PML, which will soon be opening a new factory in Lympne near Hythe, is looking to recruit eight new drivers based both here in Kent and at the company’s headquarters at Heathrow.

PML offers to support the training of new truck drivers. Image: PML

Managing Director Mike Parr says the company will fund, if necessary, the full training of the right candidates.

He said: “The shortage of heavy truck drivers is reaching a crisis point and the ripple effect of this impact on the supply of fresh produce and essential pharmaceuticals is something that we predicted at PML ago. six months.

“Truck drivers responsible for delivering essential food and pharmaceutical supplies are undoubtedly essential workers, and we ensure that as such they are well rewarded when they join the company, not only by a beneficial set of benefits, but also in terms of providing the best – classroom facilities that they can access while they work to ensure their continued physical and mental well-being. “

Logistics UK, the body that represents the transport industry, says there is a shortage of around 90,000 truck drivers, putting unsustainable pressure on retailers and their supply chains.

The pandemic has interrupted driving training and testing for more than 12 months, while around 14,000 EU drivers are said to have returned home during the pandemic and after the end of the Brexit transition period.

Mike Parr, Managing Director of PML, which is opening a logistics facility in Lympne.  Image: PML
Mike Parr, Managing Director of PML, which is opening a logistics facility in Lympne. Image: PML

Alexandra Herdman, Public Policy Manager at Logistics UK, said: “Recruiting, testing and training thousands of new logistics employees is essential to protect supply chains and ensure our supermarkets and other stores are full. goods that the country needs. “

Government measures to ease the trucker crisis by relaxing the rules on testing may not be enough to prevent shortages on Kent’s shelves at Christmas, an industry expert has warned.

Graham Pask, South East Zone Manager for the Road Haulage Association, said: “It will make a significant difference. But these steps will not be taken in time. It will not save Christmas.”

Anyone interested in joining PML as a truck driver should contact [email protected]

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