Walkers Transport will welcome two new staff members to its Manchester depot next month after putting them through their apprenticeship qualifications. Sophie Bleakley and Erica Burns will join the customer service and transport departments at the 3PL respectively, after completing their level-3 apprenticeships in customer services and business administration. Funded by Walkers’ apprenticeship levy proceeds, Bleakley and Burns were both trained at Rochdale Training in association with Palletways member Walkers. Georgina Farrell, trainer and assessor from Rochdale Training, said: “Sophie […]
The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has called for reforms to the apprenticeship levy after take up figures for apprenticeships continued to decline in the UK a year after the tax went live.
The new apprenticeship levy will come into play on 6 April and will change the way the industry funds and trains its apprentices. Having led the industry’s bid for its own trailblazer apprenticeship, RHA deputy director of policy Colin Snape marks National Apprenticeship Week for Motortransport.co.uk by outlining the top five things operators need to know about the tax and how to use it.
It has been 10 months since the government started taxing businesses with the apprenticeship levy. At the moment, only businesses with payrolls of more than £3m have access to the funding pot they are contributing to, but as the levy hits its one-year anniversary the gates should open to smaller hauliers who want funding for training new or existing staff.