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DGV Apprenticeships: Developing Youth For The Future Of The Logistics Industry.

Why are apprenticeships so vital for the logistics industry?

Well, for this simple reason: the industry, much like the engineering industry, is struggling to attract a new generation of talented and enthusiastic workers. There are a number of reasons for this, but perhaps the biggest problem is that fewer young people are looking to forge careers in the logistics industry as they mistakenly believe that it’s not a sexy or viable industry to work in. The problem is compounded by the fact that logistics companies are reluctant to take on young drivers as insurance companies don’t like to risk insuring drivers under 21 without relevant experience.

What this means is that those that do eventually come into the logistics industry tend to do so at a later stage in their lives, having forged their careers elsewhere. We now face the situation where over half the LGV drivers in the industry are over 50 years old, yet the next generation of drivers are not being trained to take their places. Unless we take action, the industry will continue to decline. That’s why apprenticeships are vital and that’s why companies like Transport Training are endeavouring to ensure it works in partnership with businesses to train local workers for local jobs.

Many firms may be gearing down for the summer months, but the same can’t be said for TTA, the North West’s leading training organisation.

Over the course of the next few months TTA’s trainers will be stepping up a gear, and will be working in partnership with Matthew Kibble, a well-respected, locally-based international transport and distribution service provider, to train the next generation of LGV drivers.

Transport Training will initially be training two new apprentices for MK, one in driving goods vehicles and one in logistics operations. TTA is hopeful that the scheme will be extended and further apprenticeships will also be offered in the longer term. Both companies firmly believe that if we work together to train our youngsters and offer driving apprenticeships we can not only provide sustainable local jobs for the area, but that we can also go some way to securing the long-term future of the logistics industry.

Speaking about the new LGV apprenticeship scheme, Rachel Scanlin, TTA’s commercial business and development director, said:

“We’re delighted to be working in conjunction with Matthew Kibble. They’re a prominent company in the North West. They’re a local company with a big reputation, and share the same philosophy as Transport Training. We both place great value on local services and supporting the local community, and we are both passionate about developing youth to safeguard the future of the industry. We both understand that the driving sector is facing significant problems in the short term, so it’s incumbent on local companies like ours working together, to train the next generation of apprentice drivers to safeguard the long-term future of the logistics industry.”

“We already have a good relationship with Mark Atwell, the general manager of Matthew Kibble, having worked together successfully over a number of years for a number of companies he’s been involved with. He already understands the types of quality training services that Transport Training provides, so knows that we are capable of delivering the necessary results with the new LGV apprenticeships. TTA is looking forward to developing this local partnership further in the future”

What can TTA offer your business? Well, TTA offers bespoke professional training packages tailored around the specific needs and requirements of our corporate customers. TTA are passionate about the logistic industry, and fully understands and appreciates why corporations need highly trained, enthusiastic and dedicated individuals. Our professional development training can help to turn workers into valued employees, and give your organisation a positive return on investment.

Transport Training is able to offer individuals and companies access to fully or part-funded industry recognised QCFs (NVQ) and Apprenticeships in a variety of relevant areas for employees looking to gain extra qualifications and training within the sector whilst also formalising their skills and knowledge. Our logistics industry apprenticeships primarily aimed at individuals without formal qualifications already working within the sector; however, we also try to work to fulfil a company’s their employment needs by placing individuals who want to work within the industry and who are willing to develop and grow with the business in a variety of roles.

For more information about DGV apprenticeships, logistics apprenticeships or our extensive list of warehouse, storage and logistics training courses, call TTA’s expert training team on 0845 056 0561.

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