Shortage Occupation List - We Need to Make Easier Paths to Our Sector 

Shortage Occupation List - We Need to Make Easier Paths to Our Sector 

29 Nov 2023 Posted By Joe Scotting

One of the key challenges we’re focused on is plugging skills gaps in our sector. Firms across our industry tell us about some difficulties they have attracting, training and retaining staff.

We need to do everything we can to make the paths into our sector easier. Long term, we need to raise awareness and understanding among young people about the opportunities available in the industry.

We need apprenticeships better supported – and we’re calling for a skills levy to replace the Apprenticeship Levy to offer more flexible and relevant training options to get people behind the wheel or under the bonnet. But training takes time.

It takes three years to fully train a heavy vehicle mechanic. In the shorter term the Government can act now on helping us slow down the worsening mechanics shortage which is hitting operators.

We’re calling for heavy vehicle technicians to be added to the Home Office Shortage Occupation List which would give firms access to overseas labour markets to bring these much-needed, skilled professionals into the UK to keep our trucks and coaches moving.

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