The news that a new funding framework has been set up by the government for the Trailblazer LGV Driver Apprenticeship programme has been warmly welcomed by the Freight Transport Association (FTA).
It was announced in an open letter (on June 9th) from David Sampson of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
The decision will mean a new funding cap for the programme will help to support the creation of more apprenticeship positions in the UK haulage sector in the years ahead.
Responding to the news, FTA skills policy manager Sally Gilson commented: "Although the funding cap is lower than we hoped for, this is still a positive step by government to help industry grow the heavy goods vehicle drivers of the future.
"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."
She added that now businesses have the confirmation from the government of its commitment to this programme, it means many operators will begin to invest more into driver training.
A lack of professional drivers has been a significant hindrance to the UK logistics industry in recent years, but the expected influx of new blood into the sector in the wake of this announcement should help to address this problem.
Posted on 9th June 2016
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