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UK facing looming driver shortage due to several factors:
  • The average age is 51, and 25% are aged 60 and above.
  • Just 1% of truck drivers are female, and 1% are aged under 25.
  • A staggering 48,000 of the 290,000 active licence holders are due to retire in the next 5 years.
  • A fall in new candidates forward to take LGV tests to the tune of 31%
  • The need for all existing drivers to be CPC accredited by September 2014 is a contributing factor.
The driver shortage is not new, but the effects were temporarily masked by the economic downturn. However the signs are positive and that can only mean more goods being moved by road, therefore more drivers to deliver them.
It's no longer a man's world, but you'll be paid a man's wage!
Being petite is not an issue
The gender pay gap sees jobs aimed at women frequently pay less per hour than jobs associated with men.

So ladies, you'll be very glad to hear that becoming a professional driver will earn you a "man's wage".

Training for and passing your LGV is a sound investment, one which you can always rely upon to earn you an income.

There is plenty of "girl friendly" work available which doesn't involve heavy lifting or much physical effort, so being petite is not an issue.

There are a surprising number of fit and healthy 65 to 70 year olds topping up their pensions with a couple of shifts a week,

You may even consider a spell using your LGV licence in the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, what a way to see the world!

Most fleets are automatic, and easier to drive than a car
No, really!
Modern trucks are loaded with creature comforts and loads of driver assist features.

The "old school" will say that itís no longer "proper trucking" and thank goodness it isn't.

Technology has spawned the new generation of super sleek, refined "work companions" which make the job a pleasure.

They are light and responsive with power steering, automatic gearboxes unrivalled visibility and air conditioning but don't take our word for it, join us for a taster day and experience it all for yourself.
RHA article
Highlights so far...
Highlights so far...
February 2016
February 2016
Nathalie was asked to speak on the subject of skills and workforce planning, gender and diversity to the Transport Select Committee at Whitehall.
May 2016
May 2016
Jan, Sharon and Nathalie attended a stand at the Microlise conference thanks to Microlise CEO Bob Harbey.
June 2017
June 2017
Horsepower were finalists in the Talent in Logistics Awards for LGV Training providers.
February 2017
Nathalie accompanied Richard Burnett (CEO R.H.A) and Jack Semple (then Head of Policy), to a meeting with the Hon. Priti Patel (Minister of Work and Pensions) to discuss the Driver shortage.
Northwich truck driver Sarah Hayes backs Love The Lorry Week
TO PROMOTE the national Love The Lorry Week Horsepowerís Nathalie Axon and Jan Carter parked a £90,000 Mercedes Actros truck unit outside Tesco in Northwich.

The Love The Lorry Week was organised by the Road Haulage Association as part of its drive to raise awareness of the vital role the UKís haulage industry plays in the nationís daily life.

The week was aimed at raising the profile of the industry as an essential service provider and as an excellent and often overlooked career opportunity.

Truck drivers Nathalie and Jan launched Horsepower, a new HGV training school, last year.

Horsepower is designed to get more women interested in the logistics industry, with just one per cent of HGV drivers being women.

Horsepower encourages women to undertake HGV training through taster days run by qualified HGV drivers.

Nathalie and Jan were joined for the Love The Lorry event at Tesco during half-term week by veterinary nurse Sarah Hayes.

Sarah, 53, from Northwich, had never driven anything larger than a small van before attending a truck taster day organised by Horsepower at the Oulton Park circuit.

Twelve months on Sarah has trained with Horsepower and taken both her truck licences, and is now qualified to drive 44-ton articulated vehicles.

"I've always loved looking at trucks and wondered how cool it would be to be able to drive one," said Sarah, who will now drive part-time for Warrington-based Mark Thompson Transport while continuing her work at Ark Veterinary Surgery in Northwich.
love the lorry week

bbc news

Why don't women become truckers?

All over the world it's the same - a woman driving a lorry gets funny looks and has to listen to unfunny jokes. It's a career women are not expected to choose, it seems, and often one they don't even consider. But why not?
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Esther McVey
Esther McVey
(Former Work and Pensions minister and Champion of women in the workplace)
Esther was very interested in the work that Horsepower is doing and
she took the opportunity to jump in the driving seat of a brand new
Mercedes-Benz Actros to see what all the fuss is about.
Esther McVey: Driver Shortage Interview with Julie Maddock during which they discuss how to attract more women into transport and Horsepower's initiative.
FTASolving the Driver Crisis takes
centre stage at FTA Summit

Women have always been highly adaptable, capable and extremely flexible in their skills set.
Modern transport and logistics present the ideal environment for women to shine and thrive, added to which there is no gender pay-gap.





The number of women out of work is the highest it has been in 25 years. What is the story behind the statistics?

Women make up to 75% of the public sector workers and itís the public sector which is worst hit with another 710,000 jobs being axed by 2015.
Crucially, the public sector Ďs flexible hours working policies were designed around family life, the private sector is less likely to offer the kind of flexible working arrangements women need. Jobs traditionally filled by women such as catering, retail and the travel industry are all feeling the pinch. Women are having to re-think how they can bring in an income whilst juggling the demands of family and home.

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First Horsepower candidates power through Cat C test
Congratulations to Jill Richardson, Sarah Hayes and Debbie Wood on passing their practical driving test.
Sarah Hayes
Sarah Hayes
Jill Richardson
Jill Richardson
A HGV training school geared towards bringing women into the industry has seen its first drivers through their Cat C practical test.

Horsepower, founded last year by Nathalie Axon and Jan Carter, aims to "provide a welcome pathway to bring people from outside the industry who had never considered driving as a profession and offer them a hand into becoming a driver."

Last week Sarah Hayes, 54, and Jill Richardson, 33 (pictured), became the schoolís first candidates to pass their Cat C practical tests, along with Axon's stepson Martin Axon, 22.

The candidates were trained in a hired Mercedes Benz-Actros over a two and a half week period.

Co-founder Axon said: "The Actros StreamSpace was a marvellous vehicle for them to learn in a big thank you to Wayne Cooper at Mercedes Wentworth Park and to Mark Thompson Mark Thompson Transport) for believing in my dream and helping to make it happen."

She continued: "It's a great feeling to see the results of our efforts. We set out to deliver industry ready driver training and to attract women into the industry. We've inspired ladies to come and dip their toe in the water and they've really enjoyed it and taken the plunge."

The Mercedes Benz Actros Streamspace training vehicle

Devon taster day with gregory distribution
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HORSEPOWER SOUTHWEST role models Dawn Allansen and Heather Rose teamed up with Cullompton depot Gregory Distribution to host an LGV Taster day at Westpoint Arena Exeter on Sunday 8/11

100 people attended and 39 pre-booked had a ride and drive, with Dawn, Heather and Gregory's Driver Assessor Tim Bennett

A staggering 31 ladies and 8 men, one of whom already had his C+E but had lost his confidence came to drive round the large safe off road designated area at Devon County Showground

The age range was mostly 20's and 30's with a couple of more mature people and all in full time employment, but came as they were considering a career change.

Each group were given a Health and safety briefing which included safe ingress and egress from the trucks, and Heather gave a demonstration on uncoupling /coupling up.

'There was a real buzz, people were absolutely loving the chance to get behind the wheel and be able to really find out what a career move could bring them' said Dawn

'We were flat out all day, but it was worth the effort, the positive feedback has been incredible' said Heather.
Welcome to sisters Dawn and Heather Rose
Role models for Devon based in Torquay

Welcome Our aim is to grow Horsepower into a nationwide service and we are pleased to introduce sisters Dawn (right) and Heather(left), experienced drivers based in Torquay who will help co-ordinate activities in Devon.
They will liaise with hauliers and seek out suitable venues where a taster day could be hosted.
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Hello, I'm Dawn,
I took my LGV class 2 (C Licence) in May 2007, after encouragement from my sister Heather who had been a driver since 2000 and was earning good money.
My first job was refrigerated deliveries for a food distribution company in Bristol, this was through an agency but nonetheless was still the best money I had ever earned.
Within a year I had registered with three more agencies, my work was varied and interesting including curtain sided glass deliveries, roping and sheeting and long distance work to the North.
I enjoyed the work very much, it felt good delivering the load safely then the journey home to the depot gave me a satisfying feeling.
At first I found it a little daunting being the only female in the depot but I used to say to myself "I'm doing this for me and it's a really rewarding when the day goes well"
Hi, I'm Heather,
I took my Class 1 (C+E Licence) in 2000.
I really enjoy the freedom truck driving gives me, the open road and especially the fact that as soon as you leave the yard your out on the road on your own, no-one looking over your shoulder.
I have experience driving many different combinations of articulated vehicles including double and single deck trailers as well as smaller refrigerated trucks, so come on ladies I would love to see more of you out on the road with me, Heather
truck and driver magazine

truck and driver magazine
Truck and Driver Magazine December 2015 Featured 22 year old cement truck driver Lucy Hurrell from County Antrim's RTU based in Monkstown near Belfast. Lucy applied for the job after getting her C+E licence at 18 and says she loves the challenge and variety that driving brings her.
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