The Future of Transport Apprenticeship
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) released a report displaying the extend of skills shortage in the United Kingdom, especially in the haulage sector, with around 64% of large goods vehicles (LGV) drivers above 45 years or older.
One way to overcome this shortage is to increase the number of haulage and freight apprenticeship programmes. By doing so, over the next five years, up to 35,000 apprenticeships opportunities could be created in the United Kingdom, thanks to major investment in road and rail infrastructure and technology.
"35,000 apprenticeships opportunities could be created in the United Kingdom"
To overcome this national issue, the UK government launched the Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce (STAT) in April 2016 to address these skills challenges. STAT is a voluntary collaboration of transport employers chaired by Mike Brown. Members of the organisation include several actors such as: the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and Heathrow Airport and the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR).
Improvements can already be noticed in the past year as the road and rail sectors delivered more than 2,000 new apprenticeships and are anticipating the creation of between 5,000 to 8,000 every year up until 2022. Transport minister, John Hayes, noted: " This government is taking the big transport decisions for Britain’s future like HS2 and Heathrow, delivering the biggest investment in roads and rail for a generation and equipping individuals and businesses with the skills they need to make all this happen."
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