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Logistics trade urged to claim from apprenticeship pot

By: David Howells
19 April 2011

A quarter of a million apprenticeships could be made available in the logistics trade after the government injects £1.5 billion into on-the-job training.

It is thought the investment will fund the creation of the Logistics Operations Apprenticeships.

This should mean that the full curriculum of skills seen throughout the logistics work industry will be imparted in a single apprenticeship.

The announcement followed news of the government's plan to help with the funding of apprenticeships. This saw the government offer to meet all the training costs for 16-19 year olds, and half of those for the 19-24 age group.

It has also seen different businesses from all sectors take on the scheme and use it to finance the training of a new brace of employees.

However, the funding is only available on application; something the regulatory bodies in the industry have urged all companies to do.

Chief executive of Skills for Logistics, Mick Jackson, spoke to Logistics Manager about what the apprenticeships will mean for the logistics industry. He claimed: "For the first time we can offer an apprentice experience across the logistics function - making them a much more rounded team member when they have completed it."

"However, apprenticeships are not just for young people, they can give anybody's career a boost. Every one of our apprenticeships clearly shows progression."

Furthermore, the managing director for policy and communications at the Freight Transport Association (FTA), James Hookham, highlighted the importance of the industry as a whole.

The expert told how the strength of the logistics trade crucial in maintaining the economy of the country as a whole: "Logistics is the lifeblood of the economy, delivering raw materials, finished consumer goods, essential supplies and vital public services."

"Everyone should be interested in its performance and achievements."

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