The long-awaited driver apprenticeship standard for Cat C+E licences is due to be published this summer, according to the FTA. It said its approval and rollout couldn’t come quickly enough in an industry plagued with skills shortages in recent years. The new standard should give operators the opportunity to draw down from the Levy fund and help them meet their employment and training demands. It follows widespread criticism that the current HGV driver apprenticeship standard was not fit for purpose […]
The new government must support the industry in meeting clean air legislation and not villainise HGVs, according to the FTA’s election manifesto.
A new vocational training programme that will lead to a professional qualification for young people looking to enter the vehicle recovery industry is being developed by Isuzu Truck UK honorary chair Nikki King OBE together with the Professional Recovery Operators Federation and the Institution of Vehicle Recovery.
The FTA is urging local authorities to look beyond the “short-lived” benefits of clean air zones (CAZ) and divert funds into helping operators upgrade their fleets rather than penalising them.