Road transport businesses in England showed an appetite for apprentices last year with the latest available figures recording a 29% leap, Skills for Logistics (SfL) has revealed.
This week is National Apprenticeship Week (11 to 15 March), and official data for England shows a total of 15,670 logistics-related apprenticeships were begun in the 2011/12 period. This compares with 12,710 for 2010/2011.
Mick Jackson, chief executive of SfL, said: “This significant increase is great news for the logistics sector because it clearly demonstrates that we are successfully attracting greater numbers of younger people into our industry.”
More than 90% of apprenticeship certificates are given out for Driving Goods Vehicles and Warehousing [there are nine related apprenticeship routes available, see box for full list].
To date, in England 29,045 intermediate certificates and 4,129 advanced certificates have been issued. The figure for starts/completions is slightly skewed as different apprenticeships will have differing durations and therefore different start and finish dates.
A recent online poll by CM found nearly a quarter of drivers weren’t planning to complete their mandatory Driver CPC hours by the September 2014 deadline, suggesting attracting young talent into the industry has never been more important.
Carry and deliver goods
Driving goods vechicles
International trade and logisitcs operations
Purchasing and supply
Supply chain management
Warehousing and storage