John Hayes, the minister for further education, skills and lifelong learning responsible for apprentice training, is expected to present the first Apprenticehsip of the Year award at the Motor Transport Awards on 13 June.

This is a new category introduced to recognise and encourage appreantice training by road transport operators. This Award will be made in association with the National Skills Academy for Logistics to showcase some of the best examples of logistics apprentice training. Judges will be looking for logistics apprenticeships that meet the needs of both the business and the apprentices.

Hayes says: "I was pleased to hear of your support for the apprenticeship programme and would like to congratulate you for promoting the training achievements of all the appreabtices involved."