Massey Wilcox Transport is calling on the government to tackle the driver shortage crisis by introducing a loan scheme for trainee HGV drivers, which would operate in a similar way to the student loan system. MD Robert Wilcox believes the scheme would address the driver shortage more rapidly than the year-long Large Goods Vehicle driver apprenticeship, which currently only qualifies apprentices to drive rigids. Last year saw a 31% fall in the take up of driving goods vehicles apprenticeships, which […]
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.
The government’s apprenticeship levy will come into force in April 2017. This means in just four months, companies with a payroll of £3m or more will be paying 0.5% of that cost into a pot, which UK businesses will be able to draw from for staff training.
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.