Posted on: June 15, 2016
A new government scheme that will provide up to £4,900 in funding to train new HGV drivers has been welcomed by industry chiefs.
After a hard-fought campaign by the logistics industry, the government confirmed the funding will be made available for driver apprenticeships and, ultimately, for the cost of licence acquisitions.
Under the new arrangements a maximum of £3,000 can go to operators to train staff, but they will have to contribute £1,500 with a further £500 provided once the apprenticeship has been successfully completed.
An extra £900 will be made to companies taking on apprentices aged 16-18, with a further £500 going to smaller businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Operators can get extra funding if apprentices require English and Maths qualifications to complete their course.
It is hoped that this will help to attract more young people into the industry, which is currently facing a future with a shortfall of qualified drivers.
Sally Gilson, the Freight Transport Association’s Skills Policy Manager, said, “This will enable companies to capture a younger driver and gain funding for the licence acquisition training that will make apprenticeships a viable training solution.”
“With the announcement of the Apprenticeship Levy last summer, it was crucial that industry had a usable LGV Driver Apprenticeship. This is excellent news and will finally provide a funded route for driver training.”