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How Suez Uses HGVC to Save Over £145,000 on Their Training Costs.


I have always wanted to get into a driving role, but a lot of companies needed you to already have your licence or prior experience, but SUEZ offered me the break I needed when they offered me this opportunity. The course was very informative, and I have gained an invaluable HGV licence. I can now assist with driving work outside of my previous job and there are opportunities to advance my career and increase my income. I’m so proud of myself for achieving my licence, it has boosted my confidence hugely.

Trainee Driver

The Suez recruitment team decided to upskill its current staff to meet their demands for a new municipal contract they had won, and the company opted to outsource to specialist training company HGVC, for a fully managed service making use of the HGV Skills Bootcamp.

  • Following a successful bid for a large waste contract in the South East, SUEZ faced a significant shortage of HGV drivers.
  • To address this, they launched a campaign offering new recruits and existing staff the opportunity to train as heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers.
  • This initiative aimed to meet the demand for trained operators before the contract’s go-live date.

Owing to the potentially negative impact of heavy goods driver shortages on the UK economy, the Government introduced the HGV Skills Bootcamps at the end of 2021, an initiative designed to help deliver high quality driver training for companies and individuals in order to fast-track the closing of this key skills gap.

As the partner chosen by SUEZ to help resolve their driver shortage, HGVC was able to deliver the entire training programme and, crucially, guide SUEZ in maximising available government subsidies to minimise the impact on the bottom line, saving them 70% on their training costs.

  • 40 employees have been trained so far to a Category C licence.
  • The business has saved over £145,000 on training costs to date.
  • This influx of qualified drivers enabled SUEZ to start the new contract on a firm footing and, thanks to HGVC’s advice on securing government subsidies for driver training, at less than a third of the usual cost of HGV training.
  • Outsourcing the project to HGVC paid dividends in terms of time saved and meant that the SUEZ team was able to focus on other practical, technical and financial demands placed on them by a large scale service ramp-up.
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