Posted: Sun 11th Feb 2024

Dulson Training wins government contract for free HGV training in Wrexham for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area

A Wrexham-based driver training specialist has won a multi-million pound Government contract to deliver training across Wrexham and the North West.

As part of the two-year contract Dulson Training will be offering free HGV and ADR training for individuals  – or 90% subsidised training for SME employers looking to upskill their staff.

It’s part of the Government Skills Bootcamp initiative aimed at tackling the HGV driver shortage and offers an end-to-end programme lasting up to 16 weeks with minimal time away from other commitments.

The programme covers everything from enrolment to starting a professional driving career with all the skills and qualifications necessary to succeed in the logistics industry.

Since Skills Bootcamp for HGV Driving launched a few years ago, Dulson Training has been involved as a partner, sub-contractor and even held a small contract as part of a rescue effort when another provider collapsed leaving hundreds of learners who had enrolled with them no option to complete the programme until Dulson Training stepped in.

Dulson Training has now become a prime Skills Bootcamp provider for 2024 and 2025, one of only a handful nationwide.

The company delivers its training programmes across the West Midlands, North Wales, Shropshire, Cheshire and the North West of the country.

Steve Dulson, Managing Director, said the course will include, enrolment, new skills, medical, theory tests, driver training, driving tests, Driver CPC and employer engagement to find a suitable role.

Mr Dulson said: “We had a fantastic record on our Skills Bootcamp rescue contract last year, with the DfE delighted with the pass rates and volume of successful job outcomes we achieved. It was a real company-wide effort with multiple people playing a big part.

“We are hitting the ground running, starting to enrol learners and are already engaging with employers who have vacancies to fill or staff to upskill.

“This programme has a very distinct aim, and that’s to fill vacancies and help the UK driver shortage. Although the shortage has eased in the last 12 months, it is predicted that it will start to spike again, and within a few years or even months we will have the driver shortages that we witnessed after Covid.

“The programme is for anyone, employed, self-employed or unemployed, who holds a full UK driving licence, is aged 19 or over and living in England – it is a fantastic opportunity to gain your Cat C or C+E licence fully subsidised.

“If you are an employer with staff members to upskill, the same will be provided with a 90% subsidy for a SME or 70% contribution for an enterprise business with a turnover of £50m or having more than 250 employees.”

Enrolment and training will be delivered from Dulson Training sites in Nantwich, Shrewsbury, Telford, Ludlow and Wrexham training centres.

Hayley Norgrove, Dulson Training Operations Manager, added: “We have been working towards this contract for the last two years, it has taken a lot of hard work and determination.

“We have successfully won some smaller contracts which has paved the way for us to successfully be awarded a multi-million pound contract with The Department for Education, Skills Bootcamp for HGV.

“We have invested in new training equipment, recruited more staff and upskilled existing staff to make sure we can provide the excellent level of service we provide.”

Emma Jones, Dulson Training Employer Engagement & Partnership Coordinator, will lead the programme in a full-time employer engagement role and will be available to discuss the programme with any employers who have staff to upskill or have future vacancies to fill.

She said: “I am delighted to lead and support individuals and companies on this prestigious and exciting contract, from initial enrolment all the way through to supporting employment.

“I look forward to building on and developing our already successful network of employers, to further support our students in every possible way. Upon completion of their driver training, students will receive a full package of employment support from CV guidance, job application and interview support.”

If you are interested in Skills Bootcamp for HGV driving or have a staff member to upskill please contact 01952 770659 or register your interest here.

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