Funding to train HGV drivers to C+E level is a game-changer for the new LGV driver apprenticeship, says the Road Haulage Association.
The RHA is concerned that many hauliers and even some training providers are unaware that they can train for the articulated lorry C+E licence as well as the C-licence for rigid trucks.
“Some firms have said the new Trailblazer apprenticeship is not for them – until they find out that it can take new recruits through to driving 44 tonnes vehicles,” said Colin Snape, RHA deputy director of policy. “That totally changes the level of interest.
“Firms should realise that the funding of £4,500 (up to £5,000 for firms with fewer than 50 employees or Levy Payers) is suitable for their businesses. A higher level of funding is available for firms taking on young drivers.”
He continued: “The RHA has delivered 20 presentations and workshops to members over the past three months, as we work to transform the way the industry recruits and trains drivers, and it is clear that interest in the industry is gaining momentum.”
The Road Haulage Association has published an online guide to LGV Trailblazer apprenticeship training providers which it is seeking to develop further.