Residents who fancy a career in the drivers seat are urged to apply for its HGV Transport Academy. 

Now in its second year, the academy provides free training for residents to become fully qualified HGV lorry and bus drivers.

Created to help address the shortage of drivers faced by haulage and transport firms within Lisburn and Castlereagh, the academy is aimed at residents of the district who are long term unemployed or underemployed. It provides a career pathway in haulage and transport which may have been previously out of their reach.

The training scheme is funded through the Lisburn and Castlereagh Labour Market Partnership. Labour Market Partnerships, which create targeted employment action plans for council areas, are funded by the Department for Communities, and allow for collaboration at local and regional level to support people towards and into work.

Councillor John Laverty BEM, Chair of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Regeneration & Growth Committee said: 

“Lisburn and Castlereagh LMP has developed a way of removing the costly barriers of entry into a driving career within the transport industry while also tackling a real need from an employer perspective. It is proof that when we work in partnership we can do great things. The course is a game-changer for Lisburn and Castlereagh and the future of our transport industry.

“Interest in these programmes is expected to be very high, so I’d encourage anyone who is interested to check the eligibility criteria and apply early.”

Participants can choose between:

•    Category C (Class 2) HGV licence or
•    Category D Bus licence HGV

The closing date for participants interested in gaining the necessary entry-level knowledge and skills is 5.00pm Monday 29th January 2024.

For registration and further information please email: 

More information including full eligibility criteria can be found at this link