M6Toll’s HerGV campaign finals to be held at Drayton Manor

Midland Expressway Ltd, the operators of the M6toll have partnered up with the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and Pertemps Driver Training to announce the winner of their campaign to encourage women to join the haulage industry. The finals of the HerGV campaign take place on Sunday 22nd October at Drayton Manor Hotel & Park, where the winner will be selected from four women who have made it to the finals.

According to a study by the RHA, partners in the HerGV campaign, only 1% of HGV drivers within the UK are women, and the 8% of women in other roles within the industry is a poor representation. Government statistics also show that by 2022, the HGV industry needs to recruit 1.2 million more people. The RHA, alongside the M6toll and training providers Pertemps believe that recruiting more women could support their objective to improve the industry gender imbalance and increase the number of HGV drivers to help meet demand. M6toll, and their partners for the campaign, hope that their efforts have empowered women to take the reins and begin to change the HGV industry.

The HerGV campaign has centred on their competition to encourage ladies to train as HGV drivers, and ambassadors behind the campaign are keen to demonstrate that a career in transport and driving is a flexible and rewarding choice. The campaign ambassadors are Rebecca Jackson, motoring journalist, TV presenter and Le Mans driver and Kara Rouse, a single mother who became a self-employed HGV driver to fit around her home commitments. Both ambassadors are attending the launch event to explain to visitors the benefits of their career paths, and discuss the myths and challenges of working in a predominantly male orientated industry.

The winner of the competition will receive a prize package worth up to £3,000, including HGV training from industry leaders, Pertemps Driver Training, guidance from some of the most influential women within the HGV industry and a work placement with a partner haulage company which could lead to a permanent position

The shortlisted finalists are: Gemma Adams from Wallasey, Naomi Carr from Ashbourne, Suzanne Chisnall from Preston and Emma Walker from Stockton-on-Tees. The finalists and their families have been invited along to a family fun day at Drayton Manor Park, where the winner will be announced.

Find more information about the HerGV campaign, visit www.her-gv.co.uk