February 18, 2020

Drive to attract new drivers at the CV Show 2020

This year’s Commercial Vehicle Show is hoping to attract new drivers, as figures published at the end of 2019 suggest up to 64% of UK transport and logistics companies are facing a severe skills shortage.

With the current shortfall of nearly 60,000 workers predicted to rise, the research showed a lack of knowledge of the industry, coupled with an outdated image perception are some leading reasons behind this negative trend.

Active steps to address these two key issues are being taken by the Commercial Vehicle Show – alongside the leading driver training specialists, providers will be showcasing the ways in which any necessary qualifications can be gained.

Murray Ellis, show director, commented; “Championing education and diversity is key to challenging any misconceptions of the commercial vehicle sector held by those outside of the industry. We are pleased to be offering visitors an extensive range of training and skills providers, allowing them to discover the wide range of roles that are available within the industry.

Murray added: “It is important that we take a grass-roots approach to opening up the industry to newcomers. To this end, we have introduced three live theatre spaces this year. This will allow us to facilitate both talks and panel discussions, informing and educating in a live show environment.”

The CV Show will take place at the NEC Birmingham, 28-30 April 2020.