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21 August 2023

Call for sector to have a say on haulage apprenticeships

Apprenticeships Employers Work-based learning

The views of employers of all sizes across Scotland’s road haulage sector are needed to support the redevelopment of the driving goods vehicle apprenticeship which will meet current and future skills needs.

The design and development of apprenticeships across Scotland are being reviewed and refreshed through an industry-led approach to ensure skills and qualifications are not only fit for purpose; but fit for the future.

Individuals and representatives from across the sector have been working to develop the new driving goods vehicle apprenticeship, and Skills Development Scotland is now seeking feedback on the apprenticeship through a short, online survey.


Vital to trained workforce

The survey will ask for feedback on the content of the apprenticeship and the skills which are relevant to the apprenticeship.

Anyone with an interest in apprenticeships and skills for the sector should take part in the survey. SDS is especially interested in hearing from employers, employees or representatives or stakeholders from across the industry, such as trade bodies, trade unions, awarding bodies and training providers.

The survey can be found by going to and participants should complete it by Monday, 11 September.

Brian Kenny, Head of Training at the Road Haulage Association (RHA) has been involved in the redesign of the apprenticeship. He said: “This is an important step in the evolution of driver apprenticeships in Scotland, the training of apprentices to gain their vocational licence is vital to the industry.

“RHA has supported the development of this redesign and encourages all employers to respond and have their say on how our workforce of the future is trained.”


Partnership working

Willie Thomson, Regional Industrial Organiser at Unite the Union said: "Unite the union is proud to be a participant in the redesign of the Driving Goods Vehicle apprenticeship. As a leading advocate for the rights and welfare of workers in the industry, we recognise the importance of shaping apprenticeship programs that truly meet the needs of both apprentices and employers alike.

“We encourage all stakeholders within the sector to take the opportunity to complete the survey. Your valuable input will contribute to the development of an apprenticeship framework that ensures a skilled and prosperous future for the driving goods vehicle industry. Together, we can build a stronger, safer, and more sustainable workforce for generations to come."

Jonas Keats, Policy Advisor, Logistics UK said: “This survey provides a great opportunity for businesses to have their voices heard during the process of redesigning the Driving Goods Vehicles Apprenticeship. Logistics UK is pleased to have been able to have an input in this process already, having played an advisory role in SDS’ Technical Expert Group (TEG) on this subject. We have taken this opportunity to advocate on behalf of the logistics sector to ensure that the voices of those affected by this change will be heard.

“As the logistics sector continues to contend with skills gaps across Scotland, now is a more important time than ever to be ensuring that any new qualifications take into account the challenges and considerations which operators and training providers face on a daily basis. We therefore urge anyone who has a stake in the delivery of this apprenticeship to take part in this survey being published by SDS, as your feedback will help to ensure that the new framework reflects the needs of the sector today. With your help, we can ensure that the new apprenticeship gives learners and employers the skills they need to succeed going forward.”

Take the survey

The survey can be found by going to and participants should complete it by Monday, 11 September, 2023.