FTA HAS learned that the long awaited LGD Driver Apprenticeship Standard for Cat C+E licences, is to be published this summer.
Mags Simpson, policy manager at FTA said: ‘The standard cannot come quickly enough for an industry which has been plagued with skills shortages in recent years.’
This new standard will give operators the opportunity to draw down from the Apprenticeship Levy fund to develop the logistics stars of tomorrow, an opportunity previously denied 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. 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,’ she said.