The transport and logistics industry has paid an estimated £130m in Apprentice Levy taxation since its introduction in April 2017 but has reclaimed only a fraction of this sum to fund training new or existing staff. With Brexit expected to lead to a further exodus of EU drivers and warehouse staff, the Levy was supposed to help industry plug the gap by recruiting and training more UK workers. According to the FTA, including HGV and van drivers, fork lift operators […]
In 1995, Abbey Logistics approached All Saints secondary school in Kirkby looking for talent to fill two management trainee vacancies. The young men it chose, Steve Granite and Paul Laverick, have grown up to become the current MD and commercial manager at the Merseyside company.
Fleet operators are being urged to show their support for a move to include the Cat C+E licence in the Large Goods Vehicle driver apprenticeship.
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.