Apprenticeship Numbers in Overall Sector Rise but Road Freight Lags Behind
UK – According to the Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce’s (STAT) ‘Transport Infrastructure Skills Strategy: Two Years On’ report, the transport industry is leading the way in unlocking careers and tackling the need for the engineers of the future in the UK. 2,784 apprenticeships have been created in road and rail in the past year, despite a wider fall in in the total number of apprenticeships embarked on since the new levy was introduced. Mike Brown MVO, Commissioner, Transport for London and Chair of STAT, said:
“The power of collaboration on skills from transport employers who are committed to creating more high quality skills and training opportunities for people of all ages has already provided great results across the sector. The increase in transport apprenticeships is vital to addressing current skills shortages, helping to fill gaps in future skills, improving productivity and driving growth in Britain for the future.”
In 2016, STAT’s first year of analysis, over 2,000 apprenticeships were reported in roads and rail and the taskforce set out its trajectory for 27,000 to 35,000 by 2022, as well as commitments to many thousands more across the sector, including increasing the diversity of the transport workforce, with a strong focus on encouraging more women and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people into the industry
In its second year, STAT saw a 22% increase in apprenticeships created in roads and rail. Looking ahead, there are an additional 8,000 opportunities each year in express delivery, 1,200 in maritime and 10,000 apprenticeships before 2030 at Heathrow. Whilst the road freight industry did not meet its aspiration to deliver 15,000 apprenticeships in 2017-18, the sector is hopeful that it will see significant uptake in 2018-19 now the LGV driver level 2 apprenticeship has been approved. Nusrat Ghani, Transport Minister with responsibility for Skills and Apprenticeships within the Industry, commented:
“This report shows that significant government investment in transport is playing a key role in creating life-changing opportunities through its high quality apprenticeships – helping us lead the way in unlocking new jobs and ensuring this country has the skilled workforce it needs for the future.
“Although we are seeing evidence of better BAME representation in the sector, our ambitions are clear. From road to rail, maritime to aviation, we must all redouble our efforts to bring more women into technical and engineering roles, remove barriers, ensuring we bring talented people from all backgrounds together to tackle the skills gap.
“We are committed to strengthening links between employers in our sector and young people, particularly in the creative, innovative world of engineering through our Year of Engineering campaign. I look forward to even more apprentices starting brilliant careers in years to come.”