The Dalkeith-based operator has worked with its insurance provider to create the academy, which sees new recruits paired with a mentor during training before taking to the road alone.
Mark Williams, managing director at NWH Group, says: “The rising cost of the licence and the difficulty faced in finding work as a newly qualified driver, means businesses the length and breadth of the country are faced with the challenge of a driver shortage which is preventing services from being delivered.
“Insurance companies often do not allow companies to recruit new drivers due to risk, so we are working together to help overcome this major issue.”
The driver academy is open to individuals over the age of 25 who have held a car licence for at least two years. Following interview and medical examination, NWH will support candidates with their DVLA applications and give study materials for the theory test.
Once the practical test has been passed, and CPC and digital tacho cards received, candidates can be employed by NWH and commence their six-month traineeship under the guidance of a mentor.
Candidates will be expected to commit to NWH for a minimum of three years and can expect pay of £600 per week plus benefits.