RHA hails new proposals for lorry driver funding support

15th August 2016

An improved funding package for apprentices in the transport sector has been proposed that will open up even more opportunities for smaller firms.

From April 2017, lorry driving apprentices will attract government support of up to £4,500, with an additional £2,000 depending on the age of the individual. Importantly, the funding obligation on smaller firms taking on 16-18 year olds has been reduced to nil.

This transforms the whole recruitment and training landscape of the road haulage and logistics industry, for those who are willing to invest in the drivers of the future.

Commenting, Road Haulage Association policy director Jack Semple said: “The government has listened to what the industry has said and has given a very positive response. The RHA has been arguing for quality-based funding that will drive up levels of recruitment from within the UK and quality of skills training and that is what the Department for Education has now proposed.”

Alongside the proposed package for new lorry drivers is increased support for traffic office and warehouse operative apprenticeships.

There is also assistance available for apprenticeships where the individual needs support with maths or English of £471 for each of the two subjects.

“This is a really exciting time for the industry,” Jack Semple continued. “The RHA will be working actively to bring these opportunities alive, not only for our large and medium-sized members but for the many thousands of owner-drivers and smaller hauliers who want to introduce newcomers to the industry, often their friends and relatives, in a way that gives them a really strong foundation and transferrable skills.”

For LGV drivers:

•    Up to £5,000 core funding per apprentice (made up of £4,500 maximum government contribution, where employers pay in £500). Includes driver training
•    £2,000 for those aged 16-18 at the start of the year-long apprenticeship
•    Nil co-investment for employers with fewer than 50 employees taking on 16-18 year olds
•    Co-investment of just 10% for those with 50+ employees who are not apprenticeship levy payers
•    Levy payers make no additional co-investment.

For traffic office (‘logistics and supply chain operator’):

•    Up to £3,000 core funding per apprentice (made up of £2,700 maximum government contribution, where employers pay in £300)
•    £2,000 for those aged 16-18 at the start of the year-long apprenticeship
•    Nil co-investment for employers with fewer than 50 employees taking on 16-18 year olds
•    Co-investment of just 10% for those with 50+ employees who are not apprenticeship levy payers
•    Levy payers make no additional co-investment.

For warehouse operatives:

•    Up to £3,000 core funding per apprentice (made up of £2,700 maximum government contribution, where employers pay in £300)
•    £2,000 for those aged 16-18 at the start of the year-long apprenticeship
•    Nil co-investment for employers with fewer than 50 employees taking on 16-18 year olds
•    Co-investment of just 10% for those with 50+ employees who are not apprenticeship levy payers
•    Levy payers make no additional co-investment.

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