With road transport operators facing a chronic shortage of qualified professional drivers the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has announced a one-day industry Summit to tackle the problem.
The FTA Industry Summit – ‘Solving the Driver Crisis’ will be held on Thursday 12 March at the Ricoh Stadium, Coventry with a capacity of up to 500 places. The event will bring together government officials, professional HR advisors, and experienced operators to work towards solutions to the current driver crisis.
Over 200 delegates have already registered for this unique event that will cover the following topics:
How big is the problem?
What were operators’ experiences in the run-up to Christmas?
Improving the perceptions of professional driving
Reaching out to the labour market and the next generation of drivers
Sources of Government funding and how to apply
Improving facilities for drivers on the roadJames Hookham, MD –Membership & Policy said:
“The driver shortage wasn’t just for Christmas … it will be with us for far longer than that. We are facing a long-term challenge to attract and recruit sufficient people to professional driving. We need to up our game in recruitment practices and start addressing some deep seated problems in the industry. We also need to ensure Government and other agencies are on our side and that we make best use of the support and funding that is already available.
“Solving the Driver Crisis will be a unique event to bring to together the best knowledge and experience in the industry and present to delegates the most up to date picture and collective advice and knowledge available in the industry”.
Delegates attending the free-to-attend event will also receive practical advice on dealing with driver shortage issues; discover how to ‘tap into’ government funding and learn from other attendees experience and how they overcame the problem of driver shortage.