As part of National Lorry Week, leading workplace transport regulatory body, RTITB, took one of its training academy lorries to a secondary school, to help inspire the next generation of logistics professionals.
On Thursday 29 October, RTITB provided Dormston School in Sedgley, near Dudley, with a lorry from its Instructor Training Academy in Telford for the day, and experienced RTITB instructor, Howard Moore, was on hand to speak to the students about career opportunities available in the logistics industry.
Students were given the opportunity to look around the lorry and learn about the safety aspects of a career in lorry driving. They also asked questions about other opportunities in the profession, and had the chance to be taken for a drive on the open road.
The principle aim of National Lorry Week, organised by RHA (Road Haulage Association), is to make the general public more aware of the essential role the logistics and road haulage industry performs and how its performance affects every aspect of the economy and people’s lives.
RTITB embraced National Lorry Week as an opportunity to help combat the driver shortage crisis currently faced by the industry, by educating students about their chance to embark on a rewarding career in logistics, which offers the chance to progress further and achieve a host of vocational skills.
“We hope that by taking part in National Lorry Week at Dormston School, we have raised awareness in the local community of opportunities in the logistics sector and encouraged the next generation of logistics professionals into a flourishing career,” says Laura Nelson, Managing Director of RTITB. “As the leading workplace transport training regulatory and standards setting body, it is also important to RTITB to have had the opportunity to instil in pupils the importance of quality training to ensure their future success and safety in the industry.”
The first-ever RHA National Lorry Week!
Lorries quite literally move the UK economy – BUT – due to driver shortage that movement is threatened. To emphasise the importance of the road haulage industry, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) will be staging a national awareness campaign, RHA National Lorry Week, from the 26-31 October 2015. The theme of the campaign is to Love the Lorry. Richard Burnett, chief executive of the RHA explains why:
“Eighty-five per cent of everything we buy, eat, wear and use is moved by a UK-registered lorry. This contributes £74.5b to the UK economy. But more drivers are desperately needed. That could be YOU!”
Did you know?
Each year, lorries carry enough beer to fill Wembley stadium. In one supermarket delivery, a single 44-tonne lorry carries the equivalent volume of 400 cars of food. The road haulage industry makes your world turn – so why not become a part of it?
- Get up close and personal with a lorry
- Meet operators and drivers and hear their stories
- Learn about a career as an HGV driver and other industry-related jobs
- Find out what our industry is doing to reduce its impact on the environment.
Could this inspire you to become an HGV Hero?!
It did exactly this for our RHA-sponsored BTCC racing car driver, Tom Ingram. After hearing about the driver shortage, combined with the vitality of the road haulage industry, Tom went through the process of training to become a professional HGV driver. The RHA has even created a TV documentary about Tom’s successful progress. The documentary demonstrates the high level of skill required to become a HGV driver- so if you like a challenge, it may be just what you need!
A feature event of RHA National Lorry Week will be a reception in the Terrace Pavilion at Westminster, for MPs and Ministers. They will hear first-hand about what role the industry plays in their constituencies. And as a realistic demonstration of the skills required of an HGV driver, they will be put through their paces on an HGV-driving simulator. Richard Burnett comments: “The British public should be proud of its haulage industry. Hauliers work hard, are efficient and innovative.”
Driving is an excellent career opportunity that must be appreciated. RHA National Lorry Week will make this happen!