The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has announced the creation of a new apprenticeship scheme, which will aim to bolster the number of new entrants into the engineering side of the UK freight and logistics sector in the years ahead.
Described as a means to "give something back to the industry", FTA is working in partnership with business logistics body Gist to deliver the FTA Gist Engineer Apprenticeships scheme.
Future participants will be given the opportunity to develop essential skills that will set them on the road to become the next generation of skilled engineers that will benefit both the UK freight industry and the nation as a whole in the years ahead.
FTA director of operations June Powell commented: "It has been publicly acknowledged that there is a skills shortage within many areas in our industry and, as the UK's leading transport trade association, we cannot emphasise strongly enough how important it is to encourage young people to venture into a career in logistics."
Outlining further details of the new programme, apprentices will be based at one of Gist's depots in Barnsley, Thatcham or Spalding, where they will be trained in every aspect of logistics engineering.
In the third year of their studies, trainees will have the chance to work with the FTA's Vehicle Inspection Service, ensuring they can become fully-accredited FTA Engineers upon completion of their apprenticeship training.
Applications for the initiative are now open.
Posted on 1st September 2015
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