Why apprentices are valuable for the logistics sector
To ensure your business has the workforce it needs to deliver future growth, now is the time to take action and invest in future talent. One of the best ways to do this is to take on an apprentice.
Apprentices offer your company the opportunity to ensure your business has the workforce it needs. Hiring an apprentice means that you can mould the next generations of employees to the way your company works. 83% of employees would recommend apprenticeships to others looking to gain these skills (Employer guide to Apprenticeships, 2017).
You can find out more about hiring in apprentice here.
Apprenticeships give individuals the opportunity to earn an income while they train and develop their skills. New apprenticeship standards were launched in May last year, these offer apprenticeships in a wide range of occupations in the logistics sector. These aren’t just for school leavers, anyone can now take on an apprenticeship. The new standards range from entry points at level 2, all the way to a Bachelor degree at level 6.
The new standards now require the assessment at the end of an apprenticeship to be undertaken by an independent company known as the ‘End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO)’. This assessment ensures that apprentices are trained to the highest standard to complete their role within an organisation, and will benefit employers by ensuring a highly skilled workforce.
The full list of standards for the transport and logistics sector can be found here.
To help out with funding an apprentice the government now offers help in the form of the Apprenticeship Levy which is specifically focused on increasing apprenticeship uptake.
You can find more about funding here.
Skills for Logistics
Skills for Logistics is a not-for-profit with the aim to aid the logistics sector. We specialise in a variety of services, including:
Apprenticeship Levy consultancy – how you can use the Levy to get the best results for your organisation
EPAO – we are now approved as the EPAO for 3 different standards within the logistics sector: Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) Driver, Supply Chain Operator and Supply Chain Warehouse Operative.
Get in touch with us today to find out how your firm can benefits from apprentices, how you can use your Apprenticeship Levy pot, or to enquire about our End Point Assessment services.