New Proposals for Lorry Driver Funding Support

IMG_8369Microlise Oct 2013According to the latest announcement by the RHA, an improved funding package for apprentices in the transport sector has been proposed that would open up even more opportunities for smaller firms.

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.”

Support from April 2017 onwards might be as follows, if proposals are confirmed:

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 employers from 50 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 employers from 50 who are not apprenticeship levy payers
  • Levy payers make no additional co-investment

For warehouse operative:

  • 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 employers from 50 who are not apprenticeship levy payers
  • Levy payers make no additional co-investment

At Microlise, we echo the RHA’s support for the changes which have the potential to be a remedy for the driver shortage, highlighted by the Commons Select Transport Committee just last month.

The next step will be for the industry to take full advantage of the new funding if it becomes available, in order to build a new generation of young drivers.

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