More Time Needed For Driver Apprenticeship Programme

THE INTRODUCTION of a new Apprenticeship category for HGV drivers, enabling them to drive HGVs and trailers (or C+E as categorised on their driving licence), has been welcomed by Logistics UK as a positive step in building and retaining the workforce of tomorrow.

But the organisation is pressing government to extend its incentive payment scheme of £3,000 per candidate beyond the current deadline of the end of September, meaning that there are only eight weeks to understand the parameters of the new apprenticeship standard, identify training providers and recruit the new staff to undertake the programme.

The opportunities for businesses in our sector to take advantage of the government’s signing-on incentive are very limited, says Logistics UK.

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