The RHA has hailed new proposals for lorry driver funding support.

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

All lorry driving apprentices will attract government support from April 2017. This would be up to £4,500, with an additional £2,000 depending on the age of the apprentice. The funding obligation on smaller firms taking on apprentices of 16-18 has been reduced to nil.

This will transform recruitment and training in the road haulage and logistics industry for those firms that are willing to invest in the drivers of the future.

The theme of The Next Generation was the focus of the recent RHA National Lorry Week which saw a variety of events and initiatives across the country with focus on introducing the haulage and logistics profession to the younger generation and opening up their career horizons.

RHA statement:

The RHA 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 the quality of skills training and that is what the Department for Education has now proposed.

This is a really exciting time for the industry. 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.’

Benefits for LGV drivers:

  • Up to £5,000 core funding per apprentice (made up of £4,500 maximum Government contribution, £500 employer contribution). This 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

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