FTA, the business organisation representing the logistics sector, has learned today (6 May 2020) that the long-awaited LGD Driver Apprenticeship Standard for Cat C+E licences, is to be published this summer.
As Mags Simpson, policy manager at FTA, the standard cannot come quickly enough for an industry which has been plagued with skills shortages in recent years:
“The news that the C+E apprenticeship standard has finally been approved for roll out is great news for our sector,” she says, “and is testament to the hard work of the Apprenticeships Trailblazer group, co-chaired by Jim French and Gary Austin, which we have been in constant contact with. This new standard will give operators from across logistics the opportunity to draw down from the Apprenticeship Levy fund and start to develop the logistics stars of tomorrow – an opportunity previously denied to the industry due to the lack of appropriate standards against which to train staff.
“To date, the logistics sector has paid over £410 million into the Apprenticeship Levy pot, but only 10% of these funds have so far been drawn down, due, to a large extent, to the fact that no appropriate standard was available for businesses to utilise. Now that the sector has an apprenticeship standard relevant to its recruitment needs, we will be able to train candidates towards achieving a full LGV licence, and this in turn will ensure that those individuals will not be prohibited in the type of work they go on to do across the industry.”
In further good news for the sector, Ms Simpson has reasserted FTA’s commitment to ensuring that further apprenticeship standards are developed and accepted for other employment opportunities across logistics:
“We continue to work with the Trailblazer group to ensure that the sector will have access to the skilled workforce it needs moving forwards. Our next priority is to gain accreditation for the Urban Delivery standard, as well as progressing the Transport and Warehouse Supervisor L3 apprenticeship, which is already under way. We all know how much variety and enjoyment can be gained from a role in logistics and we look forward as an industry to welcoming the skilled workforce of tomorrow once these standards are approved.”
FTA is one of the UK’s leading business groups, representing logistics businesses which are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With Covid-19, Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. FTA supports, shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics, and is the only business group which represents the whole industry, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods. For more information about the organisation and its work, including its ground-breaking research into the impacts of COVID-19 on the whole supply chain, please visit www.fta.co.uk.