The government has given the green light to a Trailblazer apprenticeship for lorry drivers after it was submitted for the third time in November.
The LGV Trailblazer Standard has been in the pipeline for over a year and is supported by the Road Haulage Association (RHA), Freight Transport Association (FTA) and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). The RHA has said it will now be able to work on the finer details of the process, ensuring that it is attractive to smaller firms as well as large fleet operators.
An apprenticeship for Supply Chain Operatives was approved in July this year, however the LGV apprenticeship had previously been rejected. The government panel felt the training involved in becoming an LGV driver did not need to take 12 months – the timescale that had been proposed.
Existing apprenticeship schemes and funding will cease in September 2017, with the industry-developed Trailblazers replacing them from this point.
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