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National Skills Academy appoints System Training as first approved partner

  • 06 June 2012
  • By Chris Druce

The National Skills Academy Logistics (NSAL) has appointed Carlisle’s System Training, the UK’s largest logistics training provider, as its first-ever Approved Licence Partner.

In a bid to help operators, and give logistics businesses greater access to quality training information and resources, the NSAL will initially appoint 12 partners to provide high-quality training solutions for employers.

In a separate development, representatives from the Department for Business and Skills (BIS) are to meet logistics leaders shortly to discuss ways of increasing uptake of the driver apprenticeship.

The meeting comes after last month’s visit of prime minister David Cameron to System Training, and the recent stark warning about a looming driver shortage (CM 17 May).

During the PM’s visit, System Training chief executive Robin Brown outlined the major barrier to the take-up of the Driving Goods Vehicle apprenticeship: namely full-funding is available to those aged 16 to 18 years old, while a provisional LGV licence can not be attained until 18.

John Hayes, minister for further education at BIS, has subsequently been charged by the prime minister with resolving the issue.

“We’re not asking for more money,” says Brown, “just action to smooth the way.”

Brown is due to meet transport minister Mike Penning in July and told CM he will raise apprenticeship funding again.


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