17 July 2020
The road haulage Trailblazer Group (TBG) is seeking a procedural review after being informed that just £6,000 has been allocated to fund two new LGV Driver Apprenticeships by the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education (IFATE).
In a letter to the TBG, IFATE said it considered that “the most appropriate funding band” for the apprenticeship in Category C and C+E licence training was £6,000. It said: “The funding band is the maximum amount of government funding available to employers per apprentice for this apprenticeship standard.” It added that the funding band maximum was “not a funding rate and that employers should negotiate with providers and agree on a suitable price”.
The TBG has requested a procedural review of the decision following a meeting involving transport operators and industry bodies on 13 July.
Further details can be found on The Motor Transport website.