Ards and North Down HGV Academy

Wednesday 22nd June 2022

Ards and North Down Borough Council Labour Market Partnership is launching a brand-new Ards and North Down HGV Academy (AND HGV Academy).

The AND HGV Training and Employment Academy will fully fund 30 eligible individuals to gain a HGV licence (Class 1 or Class 2) and a guaranteed interview, on successful HGV licensing.

The programme has been designed to respond to specific local needs by closing the gap between local employer needs and the skilled labour shortage in the HGV sector. Funding has been provided by the Department for the Economy and will be delivered through the Ards and North Down Labour Market Partnership.

Applicants to the AND HGV Academy must be

  • resident in the Ards and North Down Borough;
  • aged over 21;
  • willing to undertake a medical examination;
  • hold a valid UK Driving Licence.
  • They must also fulfil at least ONE of the following criteria: be currently unemployed; under-employed; employed but at risk of redundancy; or employed and interested in upskilling or reskilling.

If you are interested in joining the AND HGV Training and Employment Academy as a candidate, or if you represent a local employer in the AND Borough and would like to tell us about your specific transport and logistics recruitment needs and offer an interview to a qualified candidate, get in touch by contacting: or by calling 028 3834 7000.

The AND HGV Academy will be commencing in early August 2022 and will offer: a one-day theory lesson; 25 hours online training; a theory test; five-day practical lessons (including test) over one week. Following successful completion of the theory and practical tests, participants will attend a one-day employability session including one-to-one mentoring including help update their CV and prepare for interview, after which they will be invited to attend interview(s). Applicants must be available to attend all sessions.

The AND HGV Academy is part of the Ards and North Down Labour Market Partnership (LMP), a joint public/private sector initiative funded by the Department for Communities which aims to ensure that quality skills provision is driven by demand for skills in the economy, leading to reduced unemployment. Other LMP programmes will be announced throughout the year across various employment sectors.