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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