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53 third-party logistics firms training new HGV drivers via Logistics UK-affiliated ‘Skills Bootcamps’ scheme


The Driver Academy Group (DAG) – a consortium led by HGV training specialist HGVC and comprising Manpower and Logistics UK – is helping 53 third-party logistics firms to train 122 new HGV drivers as part of its majority-funded ‘Skills Bootcamps in HGV Driving’ scheme.

“Recruiting new and younger drivers into the profession has been recognised as a challenge for some time now,” said Jonas Keat, Policy Advisor at Logistics UK. “This Department for Education (DfE) funding offers a lifeline for third-party logistics firms on a recruitment drive. 

“We would encourage Logistics UK members looking for new drivers to apply while places still remain.” 

The HGV Skills Bootcamps are flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, helping people build up sector-specific skills.  

First launched in December 2021, the DfE extended the programme until 31 March 2024. The Skills Bootcamps are 70% funded by the DfE. Employers pay the remaining 30 per cent of the course cost.     

Training of new drivers must start by December this year. 

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Published On: 16/11/2023 16:00:00

 

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European Scrutiny Committee launches a new inquiry into the EU Entry/Exit System

This week the European Scrutiny Committee launched a new inquiry into the EU Entry/Exit System (EES) and its potential consequences for the UK’s border. 

The EES will replace manual passport stamping with an automated IT system, to record when travellers enter and exit the Schengen Area. The EU says this new system will help to enforce rules within the Schengen Area, including that travellers cannot stay for more than 90 days within any 180-day period.  

It could be in operation as soon as the autumn of 2024. But as the scheme is currently planned, travellers will be unable to register remotely ahead of travel. At UK ports operating ‘juxtaposed’ border controls – where EU checks are completed on UK soil such as at St Pancras Station, the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel – port operators say this could cause significant disruption. 

The deadline for submissions to the Committee is 17:00 on 12 January. More information can be found here.  

Logistics UK will be responding to the Call for Evidence and members are encouraged to share feedback with Logistics UK’s trade policy team Nichola Mallon and Josh Fenton.  

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