The UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) has welcomed news that the Funding Band for Supply Chain Warehouse Operative Apprenticeships has been revised upwards to Band 8 (up to £5,000).
The revision, confirmed by Secretary of State for Education Gillian Keegan, represents a positive step forward for the industry, according to UKWA CEO Clare Bottle.
“Our sector has long battled with the challenges of labour and skills shortages, which have been compounded by post-Brexit immigration caps and the failure of the Government to include warehousing on the Shortage Occupations List,” she said. “Furthermore, the options for further education or training for would-be warehouse workers are still few and far between. The Warehouse Operative Apprenticeship offers a vital route for young people to join a sector that provides social mobility and the opportunity to build a rewarding career.”
Clare adds, “I would like to thank Jim French, Managing Director of Road to Logistics and Co-Chair Trailblazer Group Transport and Logistics, for his sterling support in achieving this increase in funding, which will certainly encourage more employers to use the Apprenticeship to address the skills gap and attract more young people into our industry.”
As the leading industry organisation for the warehousing sector, part of our role is to provide a voice for the industry, promoting a greater understanding of the challenges and issues, as well as highlighting the importance of the sector and the great work our members do. Using a variety of platforms and channels, we encourage engagement with customers, partners, peers and policy makers through effective marketing and communications.
As Britain’s leading trade organisation for the logistics sector with over 900 members, UKWA (United Kingdom Warehousing Association), provides a powerful voice for the industry.
We help our members operate safely, ethically and profitably, safeguarding industry standards and ensuring their views are represented clearly and effectively to government.
We provide professional business advice and strategic business development support to members, who also benefit from a wide range of specialist and discounted services.
Membership of UKWA is your passport to the business support, training and networking opportunities, a wide range of specialist services wants and the advocacy our sector needs.
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