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06 Mar 20

Are you ready for changes to the LGV Driver Apprenticeship?

Planned changes to the LGV Driver Apprenticeship

Changes to the LGV Driver Apprenticeship are set to take place this summer, which will see two new standards develop; one which will include the cat C+E for the first time and the other will focus on the cat C for urban driving skills. 

 

The planned changes have come in to play because of disgruntlement against the current standard as employers across the logistics and transport sector are stating that the standard is "not fit for purpose" because it only gives the cat C entitlement and not the C+E licence. An exact date on changes is still to be announced but the Department of Transport and the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE), approved the changes back in December 2019. 

 

Employers operating with fleets of cat C only vehicles do have their concerns about the changes, as there is no sight as to when the new cat C standard will be launched. David Coombes (IFATE member and CEO of the Skills Group) outlined in an article on the topic with Motor Transport last month that it "could be some time before an LGV apprenticeship offering a cat C licence is on offer." The new cat C standard will be focused on urban-driving, but David Coombes admits it will be a challenge to launch this before Autumn 2020 as originally planned. 

 

Scrapping the existing standard will bring to holt the option of enrolling apprentices on to a cat C only apprenticeship and with no sight of when the new cat C standard will be launched, Transport Managers are seeing this as another obstacle in tackling the driver shortage. 

If you'd like to know more about how this could affect your business plans and recruitment of apprentices, complete the form below and a member of our Business Improvement Team will be in touch to discuss this further. 

 

Daniel Naylor, former LGV Driver Apprentice at Ceva Logistics

Daniel Naylor, former LGV Driver Apprentice at Ceva Logistics

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