Free guide on British state funding and support for logistics companies

Business group Logistics UK has launched a free guide for employers from across the logistics sector on “Funding and support for accessing logistics skills” to support employers utilise all the help available amid the aching driver shortage Britain has been facing.

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The guide lists and explains different government initiatives, such as the Kickstart Scheme and the Find a Job Service, guides through different apprenticeship, traineeships and skills bootcamps, and also contains different scenarios on how to tackle recruitment problems or upskill existing employees.

“There is currently an acute issue with the recruitment and retention of roles across our industry, not least HGV drivers,” she explains, “but many employers are confused about how to access vital funding in order to recruit and train new workers” – explains Elizabeth de Jong, Policy Director at Logistics UK.

One of the examples answers the question of what kind of help is available if a company wants to train one of its employees who has got a C+C driving license to obtain a C+E license. Another scenario regards the hauliers’ options to find additional drivers for peak periods.

The ability to access a workforce with the necessary skills is essential for the future success and resilience of UK logistics. This is currently an acute issue for the recruitment and retention of essential HGV drivers but applies to other roles that are vital to the functioning of this critical part of the economy too” – explains Logistics UK the reasons for making this guide.

The guide and the associated webinar were produced with the active involvement of the Department for Education and the Department for Work and Pensions.

This is where you can download the guide if you provide your name, email address, job title, company name and address.