Metro Mayor Nik Johnson, visits Road Haulage Association with AELP to discuss transport skills in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Dr Nik Johnson, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s directly elected Mayor joined AELP for a visit to the Road Haulage Association (RHA) in Peterborough, to discuss how we can work together to address skills shortages in the region – with a particular focus on increasing the number of HGV drivers.


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s Metro Mayor met with Richard Smith, Managing Director of RHA, and Paul Warner, Director of Strategy at the AELP. RHA and the Mayor agreed to closely together to deliver the skills needed for local employers.


RHA have been calling for HGV Training to become more accessible and driver training is a big part of their work. They have recently joined the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) in order to support their plans to increase the amount of training they deliver.

Along with serving as a trade association, RHA are an End Point Assessment Organisation – having assessed over 1,000 learners so far. They have recently joined the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers, planning to train around 300 apprentices over the next year.

AELP are a national membership body, representing around 800 organisations that deliver training and vocational learning. Its members support thousands of businesses and millions of learners in England by delivering a wide range of training, vocational learning, and employability programmes. AELP members support training to all ages, in every community, and at every level of post-16 study.

Nik Johnson, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayor, said:

“Our work to improve skills in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is informed by employers, so it was great to meet with the RHA and find out more about the HGV driver situation direct from industry. I’m very concerned about shortages of HGV drivers because not only is it holding back industry and the wider economy, it also has a direct impact on lives if people can’t get the goods they need.
“I want to continue to work with the RHA to ensure we can support an industry which is a key employer in our region, helping to provide the skills it needs now and in the future. I also look to work with RHA and their members to champion improvements to the health and wellbeing of drivers and to look at how the haulage industry is improving fuel efficiency, reducing emissions and the impact on the environment.”

Paul Warner, AELP’s Director of Strategy and Business Development said:

“It was fantastic to meet with the RHA and Dr Nik Johnson, to discuss skills in the transport sector and across the city region. We look forward to continuing to support RHA and other members, and engaging with the local mayor and combined authority, as Cambridgeshire and Peterborough move to recommission their Adult Education Budget next year.

Independent training providers across the country are working closely with combined authority mayors to deliver high quality training – and we are pleased that this is also happening in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to find solutions to the shortage in HGV drivers.”

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The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) is a national membership body, proudly representing around 800 organisations that deliver training and vocational learning. Our members support thousands of businesses and millions of learners in England by delivering a wide range of training, vocational learning, and employability programmes. AELP members support training to all ages, in every community, and at every level of post-16 study.

For further information or for interviews please contact Matt Strong, Communications Manager, AELP, on 0117 986 5389 or [email protected]

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