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New driver apprenticeship standard good news for industry, Logistics UK says

The expected launch of the new C+E driver apprenticeship standard for Large Goods Vehicles on 1 August, with a funding level of £7,000, is encouraging news for the logistics sector, particularly for businesses currently struggling to fill driving vacancies, Logistics UK has said.

The news follows on from the confirmation a few weeks ago of the approval of the Transport and Warehouse Operations Supervisor Apprenticeship.

Alex Veitch, General Manager – Public Policy, Logistics UK, said: “We are delighted that the LGV C+E Driver and Transport and Warehouse Operations Supervisor Apprenticeship standards have been approved. It represents a good opportunity for logistics companies to utilise the Apprenticeship Levy funds that are available for this purpose.

“The approval of these two important standards are testament to the dogged perseverance of Jim French and the Trailblazer Group he chairs, and we thank them for their efforts.”

Jim French MBE, Co-Chair of the Transport and Logistics Trailblazer Group, said: “On 20 May 2021 we received written confirmation that the recommended maximum funding band had been increased to £7,000. Finally, the new LGV Driver Cat C+E Apprenticeship will be published and available for Employers with effect from 1 August 2021.

“It is a tribute to the persistence of the Trailblazer Group and the influence of our trade associations that the industry now has the apprenticeship it wants.”

Logistics UK will be holding a free webinar with a focus on apprenticeships and the LGV standard next Monday (26 July 2021). For more information and to sign up please visit our Skills Hub.


Published On: 22/07/2021 16:00:21


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