Driver shortage update – Developments this week - 12/08/2021
|The skills shortage in the sector remains a priority for members and Logistics UK continues to apply pressure for Government action. Following a meeting of our Employment Action Group we have renewed our call for Government to allow a temporary work visa for qualified EU nationals, to help alleviate the short-term pressure on the industry, and have engaged with the Migration Advisory Committee to stress the need for action on this issue.
On funding for training, the new C+E apprenticeship is now live with an increased funding band of £7,000. In addition, we have spoken with Treasury, the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Department for Education (DfE), and the media to call for the prolongation of the £3,000 bonus for recruiting apprentices, which is currently due to expire at the end of September. We have also been supporting the Institute of Apprenticeships on the development of a new ‘urban driver’ proposal, which would replace the category C apprenticeship. Should it be approved, we are hoping that this will be introduced as rapidly as possible.
In order to provide practical advice and guidance for members, we have published a Funding and support for accessing logistics skills guide to accompany our recent skills funding webinar with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and DfE (see below). This is available on the Skills and Employment Advice Hub. Finally, we will be responding on the consultation for reforms of driver licence acquisition, which have been published this week (see below).
Logistics UK members wanting to know more about driver shortage and skills issues, please visit the Skills and Employment Advice Hub or join the Employment Action Group by contacting your local membership relations manager.
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