16 May 2023

Tackling Industry employment challenges By Daniel Moczynski

Tackling Industry employment challenges By Daniel Moczynski

In the UK, 2023 has brought with it a new set of challenges for employers in the waste and heavy goods vehicle (HGV) driving industries. Despite a growing need for skilled workers in these areas, businesses are struggling to recruit and retain talent. 

The waste management industry is crucial for ensuring a cleaner and more sustainable future. However, finding skilled employees has become increasingly difficult. One of the biggest challenges faced by employers in this sector is the lack of interest among job seekers in this field. This has led to a shortage of experienced and qualified workers, which in turn has created a strain on the industry. 

Another issue faced by employers is the need for specialised training for employees. With the rapid advancements in technology, waste management companies require workers who are trained in the latest equipment and software. This requires significant investment in training programs, which can be a challenge for smaller businesses. 

The HGV driving industry also faces its own set of challenges. With the increasing demand for deliveries and transportation, the need for skilled drivers has never been greater. However, the shortage of HGV drivers in the UK is a major concern for employers. The industry has faced difficulty in recruiting and retaining skilled drivers, which has led to delays in deliveries and an increase in transportation costs. 

One of the biggest factors contributing to the shortage of HGV drivers is the lack of new entrants into the industry. This can be attributed to a number of factors, including an aging workforce and the perception that HGV driving is a low-skilled job. The increasing cost of obtaining a commercial driving license and the long hours involved in driving have also contributed to the shortage of HGV drivers. 

To address these challenges, employers in the UK, waste and HGV driving industries must work to improve their recruitment and retention strategies. This may involve offering competitive wages, benefits, and opportunities for career advancement. Investing in training programs and technology can also attract and retain skilled workers. 

The shortage of skilled workers in the UK’s waste and HGV driving industries presents a significant challenge for employers. Addressing this issue will require a multi-faceted approach that involves investment in training, competitive compensation, and improved recruitment and retention strategies. With the right initiatives in place, the waste and HGV driving industries can continue to thrive and contribute to the UK’s economy. 

The NWH Group are passionate about supporting the whole industry and have launched several initiatives to support recruiting new talent into the industries. The Group launched a driving school in 2022 which sees drivers either with a car licence or with an HGV license and no experience through a fully funded training programme to safely obtain their license and a job within the industry.  

The NWH Group were recently announced as Finalists in two categories of the S1 Jobs Employers Awards. This is a testament to their commitment to excellence in all aspects of our operations, including their dedication to being a top employer and providing exceptional learning and development opportunities for its team members. 

The S1 Jobs Awards are widely regarded as one of the most prestigious awards in the business community, recognising companies that have demonstrated outstanding achievements in a variety of categories. This year, the waste management business was selected as finalists in the categories of Best Employer and Best Learning and Development Initiative, as well as Best Large Employer. Something that we should all be immensely proud of.  


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