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MP’S URGED TO BACK ROAD TRANSPORT AS THE SECTOR FACES UNCERTAIN TIMES AHEAD

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The skills shortage, Brexit and the push towards low-emission vehicles are the biggest issues facing the road transport industry, the chief executive of the RHA has said. Speaking this week at a parliamentary reception to mark National Lorry Week, RHA boss Richard Burnett called on MPs to support the industry through the coming challenges. Burnett…

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NUMBER OF HGV DRIVING TESTS TAKEN PLUMMET 11% YEAR-ON-YEAR BUT REMAIN AHEAD OF RECENT LOW POINT

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The number of people taking HGV category C and C+E driving tests has fallen 11% year-on-year, and stands almost a quarter lower than a decade ago. After three years of improving fortunes for the transport sector, there were 58,018 tests taken in the year to 31 March 2017, compared with 65,127 the previous year. Tests…

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“ROAD REVOLUTION “ SHOULDN’T FORGET TYRE PRESSURE, SAYS TECH PIONEER

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Last month, transport secretary Chris Grayling announced unprecedented levels of investment into the UK’s road network.  The pledge of more than £1bn is seeking to ease congestion in Britain’s towns and cities, with the majority of the cash spent on upgrading 3,800 A-roads nationwide.  Here, John Catling, chief executive of WheelRight, says tyre pressure should…

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GOVERNMENT GIVES GREEN LIGHT FOR FIRST OPERATIONAL “SELF DRIVING” TRUCK PLATOONING TRIAL

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The Department for Transport (DfT) and Highways England has commissioned TRL, the global centre of innovation in transport and mobility, to lead the first real-world operational trial of platooning vehicles on UK roads.   The £8.1m trial will see TRL lead a consortium of partners including DAF Trucks, the UK market leader of heavy goods…

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Encore’s ERT continue to tackle staff shortages

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The four-strong External Recruitment Team (ERT) was created in response to a recent decline in the number of people applying for roles, particularly those from other EU countries. The team continues to proactively looks to attract candidates who can offer their skills to fill temporary and full-time roles at companies across the country.   Since…

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Top jobs for those who decide University isn’t for them

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Hope is at hand for any teenagers set to be disappointed by their A-Level results on Thursday, after the world’s largest job site Indeed compiled a list of jobs which offer excellent prospects but don’t need degree-level qualifications. Indeed analysed tens of thousands of job adverts to identify five roles open to school leavers which have the…

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The 10 Wildest Job Interview Stories EVER!

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Her are some of the most awkward and/or mortifying job interview stories. Not something you’d share easily you’d think, but  over 150 stories were traded with ease! And you won’t believe some of the things you’re about to read! Happy Friday Recruiters!   “My worst job interview was my first-ever to work at an architectural firm.…

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RHA will hold UK Government to account over Brexit

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The Road Haulage Association has expressed reservations after the government has said it does not want any border posts between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in its new position paper on Brexit – it suggests a ‘new customs partnership’ or a ‘highly streamlined customs arrangement’.   RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “Any…

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Leaders discuss the future of UK engineering

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Contributing well over a quarter of GDP, the UK’s engineering sector has aptly been described as the ‘core of our society’, but it faces a serious skills shortage that Brexit could exacerbate. The profession therefore needs to apply some of its famous ingenuity in a concerted effort to bridge the gap, leading industry experts tell Director British…

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5 questions your candidate should NEVER ask

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Coaching your candidate to reach their dream job is tough, and whilst there are many aspects of the hiring process a recruiter can control, one of them isn’t nerves. During the job interview, nerves often cause candidates to walk right into a pit of cringe especially if they haven’t prepared any decent questions. In fact,…

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Consent under the General Data Protection Regulation: what are the alternatives for employers?

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Introduction The UK’s Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, has launched a series of blogs designed to “bust some of the myths” which she believes have developed around the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Her first blog addresses the high-profile issue of fines and her second, published on 16 August 2017, focuses on the equally well-publicised issue of consent.…

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UK unemployment falls to new 42-year low

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Unemployment in the UK fell by 57,000 in the three months to June, official figures show, bringing the jobless rate down to 4.4% – its lowest since 1975.   The squeeze on real incomes continues to grow, though at a slower pace. Average weekly earnings increased by 2.1% compared with a year earlier – slightly higher…

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Staying Motivated During your Job Search – Top Tips:

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Staying Motivated During your Job Search Finding a new job isn’t easy and your enthusiasm can drop when you have sent off an abundance of CVs and attended numerous interviews, followed by several ‘no’s. Below are some tips on how to keep yourself motivated in the search for the job of your dreams. Get into…

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Dealing with Interview Rejection – Top Tips

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Dealing with Interview Rejection Don’t take it personally: There may have been a very strong internal candidate, or another candidate with a touch more applicable experience than you. In this instance, it is essential to keep sight of the bigger picture, and understand that these are things you, unfortunately, cannot change. Focus on the positives:…

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UK unemployment falls to new 42-year low

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Unemployment in the UK fell by 57,000 in the three months to June, official figures show, bringing the jobless rate down to 4.4% – its lowest since 1975. The squeeze on real incomes continues to grow, though at a slower pace. Average weekly earnings increased by 2.1% compared with a year earlier – slightly higher than…

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Interview Do’s and Don’ts

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Interview Dos and Don’ts: Below is a list of things to do, and not to do, in an interview. Dos: Research the company, the interviewer(s) and the job role. Do clarify the address, date, time and length of the interview. Learn your route to the interview and attempt to get there 10 minutes early. Do…

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Preparing for an Interview – Top Tips

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Preparing for an Interview – Top Tips Interviews can be very daunting, and a great way to combat this is preparing thoroughly. Below are some points to focus on when preparing. Know the job description and requirements Being aware of things like overall responsibilities of the position, an idea of the team you will be…

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FOX’S CALL FOR A DEAL IS WELCOME BREXIT NEWS, SAYS FTA

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International Trade Secretary Liam Fox’s acknowledgement that the country “does not want a no deal” situation from the Brexit negotiations has been applauded by the Freight Transport Association (FTA), the country’s largest membership organisation which represents more than 16,000 businesses.   Speaking to Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Fox was positive in his assertion that…

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SEVERN TOLL CHARGES TO END

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The Government’s announcement that toll charges on the Severn crossings will be scrapped at the end of next year has been hailed a victory for the Freight Transport Association (FTA).  The UK’s biggest transport trade organisation has spent 10 years lobbying for charges to be removed to boost business in Wales and the south west.…

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UK TRANSPORT SECTOR HIT BY UPSURGE IN BAD DEBT, NEW RESEARCH REVEALS

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The UK’s Transport sector was hit by a huge increase in bad debts owed to it during Q2 2017, with unrecoverable debt rising by 178% from £2.6m to £7.4m.  The average amount of each debt also spiralled, rising from nearly £7,800 to over £19,000.  At the same time, however, debts owed by the sector to…

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