Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is launching a campaign to recruit additional vocational examiners in England and Wales to help reduce the current lorry driver shortage.
This is part of DVSA’s overall aim of recruiting 40 new vocational examiners, some of which have already been recruited internally and they are now recruiting externally for the remaining posts.
DVSA needs the support of all driver trainers to help new lorry drivers get up and running as quickly as possible.
DVSA has already increased the number of vocational tests from 2,000 a week pre COVID to 3,000 by overtime and allocating additional staff into testing.
The Government is also currently consulting on a range of proposals to help tackle the driver shortage.
The need for more examiners
The Government wrote to the UK haulage industry on 20 July outlining a package of measures to help address the lorry driver shortage.
It acknowledged that increasing the availability of lorry driver tests is key to this issue.
DVSA continues to develop measures to maximise testing capacity and tackle the backlog.
DVSA has already increase the number of vocational tests from 2,000 a week pre COVID to 3,000 by overtime and allocating additional staff into testing. Recruiting more vocational examiners will enable DVSA to offer even more lorry test appointments.
DVSA are looking for vocational examiner candidates to work from the following locations:
- East England
- North-West England
- South England
- South-East England
- South-West England
- West Midlands
- North and South Wales
A full category CE driving licence is essential.
These roles can offer part-time flexible working hours, including evening and weekend working opportunities.
Successful applicants will carry out car driving tests for 4 months after their training and will then move on to vocational tests.
The deadline for applications is 11:55pm on Thursday 2nd September.