WHEN YOU THINK OF A HGV DRIVER YOU’D BE FORGIVEN FOR USUALLY THINKING OF A MAN. HOWEVER THIS ROLE IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY POPULAR WITH WOMEN OF ALL AGES AND WE HAVE TO SAY SOME OF OUR BEST DRIVERS ARE GIRLS!
We’ve actively promoted sexual equality in the work place for years and think its great that more and more women are taking an interest in the role.
We’ve had people join us from other companies and we’ve also trained from within the company and they’ve been amazing!
The HGV driver crisis seems to have hit the headlines in a big way. We’re fortunate enough to have some amazing drivers (both male and female) but we have to admit we’ve found it more difficult to recruit over the last year.
As the general perceptions of a truck driver slowly change, people are starting to realise that female HGV drivers can do the job just as well as men, if not even better.
The industry stats for female drivers currently stands at around 2% but this is changing as more enter the sector.
In the past 10 years or so the standard and comfort of the trucks have improved with better beds, mod cons and home comforts. There are also many less manual HGV roles that don’t need someone of strength to do the job well.
All these factors and the perceptions of female HGV drivers are changing all the time and here at EMS we hope that trend continues!
So why has it become so difficult to find decent qualified drivers?
The pandemic also created a large backlog in HGV driver tests, so it’s been impossible to get enough new drivers up and running.
The industry warned the prime minister in June that there were 25,000 fewer candidates passing their test in 2020 than in 2019.
SO WHAT IS BEING DONE ABOUT THE SHORTAGES?
As well as allowing more foreign workers into the UK from October, Ministry of Defence examiners will be brought in to increase the number of HGV driving tests.
There will be free intensive ‘boot camps’ to train 3,000 people to become HGV drivers, with another 1,000 to be trained through courses funded by the adult education budget.
The government is also writing to nearly one million drivers who hold an HGV licence to encourage them to return to the industry.
It has also slightly relaxed the Drivers’ Hours rules, which means drivers will be able to increase their daily driving limit from nine hours to 11 hours twice a week.
A government spokesperson said longer journeys “must only be used where necessary and must not compromise driver safety”.
And there is £7,000 per person funding for the Large Goods Vehicle Driver apprenticeship scheme.
THERE IS SO MUCH PRESS RELATING TO THIS WE COULD GO ON FOR AGES!
HOWEVER ONE GOOD THING POTENTIALLY THAT WILL COME FROM THIS IS THE SURGE IN INTEREST FROM WOMEN DRIVERS!
We like to think we’re forward thinking in our approach to recruitment and hopefully this driver shortage will encourage more female drivers to look for a change of career.
We’d love to hear from anyone (male or female) looking to return to HGV work or even a new challenge.
Get in contact and we’d be happy to discuss any possible vacancies we may have.
IT’S BEEN A HECTIC COUPLE OF MONTHS IN THE WASTE MANAGEMENT INDUSTRY AND WE’VE BEEN RUSHED OFF OUR FEET! WE’VE BEEN ACTIVELY RECRUITING TO EXPAND OUR TEAM (ESPECIALLY DRIVERS) DURING THIS TIME AND OUR NEW ADDITIONS SEEM TO HAVE FITTED IN SEAMLESSLY.
We’ve taken on three new drivers at our Paignton Bay Skips yard, a new driver for our new Middleton Baler in Exeter and we’re actively looking for new drivers to join the team in Plymouth.
We aim to continue the expansion as demands increase and are open to applications from anyone! If you think that you’d be a good fit for the company, are hard working, honest and friendly we’d like to hear from you.
Here at EMS we pride ourselves on our intensive recruitment procedure. We are completely committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.
We’re committed to making EMS a fair, safe and enjoyable place to work. A place where everyone feels valued and our employees all have equal access to the opportunities our company offers.
Equal opportunities in the workplace is not only good practice, it also makes sound business sense. Our equal opportunities policy will help all those who work for us to develop their full potential. By utilising their talents and resources it can only benefit the efficiency of the company.
We’ve found that being an equal opportunities employer also helps us to attract the best talent available when recruiting staff. We believe this is part of the reason we have such a great team!
A FAMILY RUN BUSINESS
EMS Waste Services is a family run business with family values running through the Company from Director to Operator, focusing heavily on service, image and customer commitment.
We’re one of the premier Waste Management companies in the country, serving customers throughout the Exeter and Devon regions. We offer a range of skips for hire that are suitable for all manner of waste. We can help you with everything from garden and general household waste to specialist waste removal, such as asbestos.
Our friendly and professional team has over two decades of industry experience, allowing us to provide you with the best possible customer service. We can assist with the provision of permits for roadside skips to make your experience with us as stress-free as possible.
EMS have over two decades of experience. Our reputation speaks for itself and our continued expansion means we are constantly striving to recycle every kind of waste possible.
So if you think we’re the type of company you’d like to work for give us a call. We’re always on the lookout for more quality individuals to join our team.