Redditch man hits out at Government after funding pulled on HGV …

A REDDITCH man has hit out at the Government after the Department of Education pulled the funding on a HGV training course, leaving him jobless.

Phillip Wills from Headless Cross started a HGV Driver Skills Bootcamps with Qube Learning in February 2022.

He decided to re-train after the Government issued a plea for new lorry drivers when shortages caused delivery issues.

He said: ” Everything was running smoothly to begin with.

“But then it took nearly five months for me to get the provision on my licence so that I could move on to the next stage of the course.

“Eventually I did receive my driving licence back with the appropriate provisions added, and was able to then finish up doing my Drivers CPC and HGV Theory tests.

“At this point I thought that we were getting into exciting times, as all I had to do now was attend the driver practical training and at the end of this I would then go on and take my final driving test.”

The practical training was due to take around four days, and expected to take place shortly after completing the theory test.

Phillip added: “I waited and waited and seemed never to get a reasonable response from the people at Qube Learning, even though I had emailed them several times over this period.

“Fast forward to March 21 2023, 13 months after I started my ’10-Week’ course, I received an email from the people at Qube Learning explaining that their contract with the Department for Education (DFE), had subsequently been terminated and that was the end of my course.”

Phillip said they was no information provided about how to complete his course of who he should contact.

“Considering the Government keep saying how there is a shortage of HGV drivers in this country, why would they terminate a company that is trying to provide a solution to this problem and leave who knows how many people in a state of limbo like myself.

“Somebody needs to be held accountable for this complete debarkle, as I now face a very uncertain future along with mounting debts.”

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “QUBE Qualification and Development Limited no longer deliver HGV Driver Skills Bootcamps training.

“We are working to protect all learners impacted by this situation, by providing the opportunity for learners to enrol with another training provider so that they can complete their training.”

The Standard have contacted Qube Learning and are awaiting a reply.

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