The Workforce Logistics Needs

The logistics sector is suffering from a labour shortage, with an ageing workforce and record low unemployment, recruiting the workforce logistics needs is becoming more challenging.

The Workforce Logistics Needs


HGV drivers are core to the logistics sector. Bringing in a more diverse workforce will be key to the industry's future success. However, Brexit has worsened a long-term shortage of drivers, with thousands of EU nationals leaving the UK, and with restricted access to non-UK workers and limited funding for training, urgent reform is needed.

Logistics UK is campaigning for reform to the Apprenticeship Levy and the National Skills Fund to ensure all high-quality vocational training is funded, and for reforms to Visa arrangements to allow access to qualified non-UK nationals.


What is Logistics UK campaigning for?


Logistics UK has four priorities for The Workforce Logistics Needs:

  • Reform of the National Skills Fund to include priority Level 2 courses such as HGV driver: Currently only Level 3 courses are funded.
  • Apprenticeship Levy should become more flexible to suit logistics needs. Rigid rules on duration, training hours and work placements make the Levy hard to use.
  • Provision of access to qualified non-UK logistics workers through amended Skilled Worker Visa and T5 Visa arrangements.
  • Continued development of suitable Apprenticeship standards, T-Levels, and vocational courses in partnership with the education sector.


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Alexandra Herdman

Public Policy Manager 

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