RHA calls for increased apprenticeship push

28th September 2016

RHA calls for increased apprenticeship push (image credit: iStock/shironosov)

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) is calling on freight operators across the UK to continue to drive towards increasing the number of apprenticeship places that are on offer across the industry in the coming years.

RHA director of policy Jack Semple stated that the proposed April 2017 starting date for the new Trailblazer apprenticeships scheme is fast approaching and therefore greater detail is needed on how the funding model for the initiative will work.

In addition, a formal consultation by the Department for Education (which takes place next month) must also confirm the new funding levels.

"Any delay at this stage from the April 2017 date would be completely unacceptable," he argued.

"It would break faith with those who have worked with the government to develop the apprenticeship frameworks, momentum being built up across the industry would be lost and it would let down the thousands of smaller firms and their apprentices for which this is a new way forward."

Mr Semple therefore concluded that delivery of a highly-skilled and productive homegrown workforce will rely upon these details being ironed out in the months ahead.

The benefits of apprenticeships were also strongly highlighted by the RHA, which argued that opening up new forms of training and investment can help in the delivery of enhanced productivity and improved employer behaviours – all aspects that will become increasingly important as the UK moves closer to Brexit.