Driving Goods Vehicles (England)

Framework status: Current (latest) issue

Framework details

Framework ID: FR03560
Issue number: 16
Issued: 30 September 2015

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Issued by
Institute of the Motor Industry

Contact name: Cara Taylor
Telephone number: 01992 519039
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Defining Apprenticeships

An Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme under an Apprenticeship Agreement designed by employers in the sector. It allows the apprentice to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and personal skills, required for their immediate job and future career. These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context.

This broader mix differentiates the Apprenticeship experience from training delivered to meet narrowly focused job needs. All apprentices commencing their Apprenticeship must have an Apprenticeship Agreement between the employer and the apprentice. This can be used to reinforce the understanding of the requirements of the Apprenticeship. On completion of the Apprenticeship the apprentice must be able to undertake the full range of duties, in the range of circumstances appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry.

The economy relies on the efficient movement of goods and Logistics employers need to attract more people into the industry at level 2 to train as drivers or motorcycle couriers to ensure goods are delivered to the correct destinations and on time. If goods are delivered to incorrect destinations, they need to be recovered which affects customer satisfaction and the profitability of businesses.

There are approximately 27,500 workplaces in England, employing around 250,000 people whose primary function is road freight transport activities.

These services are part of the wider logistics sector which employs around 8% of the workforce in England and provides many opportunities to move into jobs and training in other parts of logistics such as Traffic Office and Purchasing and Supply Management.

Transport service companies in England have reported a combination of skills gaps and shortages, including communication, literacy and numeracy and an ageing workforce. They will need approximately 100,000 staff in driving roles over the next 5 years to replace those who leave or retire to fill jobs as:

  • motorcycle/cycle courier
  • van driver
  • rigid vehicle driver
  • articulated/drawbar driver
  • parcel delivery driver

Driving Goods Vehicles Intermediate Apprenticeship/Advanced Apprenticeship and its predecessor have been used by employers since 2005 and currently there are around 4,500 new Apprentices starting this framework annually. This Intermediate Apprenticeship/Advanced Apprenticeship builds on the success of the previous framework by meeting the skills gaps and shortages of the Road Transport Industry and at the same time, contributes to meeting the skills priorities for England by:

  • Providing flexible access to a high quality skills programme, as a real alternative to academic qualifications, for those who prefer this style of learning and achievement.
  • Incorporating Functional Skills in Maths and English, helping to improve the general level of literacy and numeracy basic skills.
  • Using technical and competence qualifications, valued by Logistics employers, to help their businesses grow.
  • Developing Apprentices' Personal Learning and Thinking Skills to build their confidence and creativity, improving their social and working lives.
  • Developing Apprentices' employability skills making them more attractive to all employers whichever career they choose.
  • Providing a career pathway into jobs and training at technician level and higher to provide the skills which the economy needs to grow.

Whilst the use of handheld technology devices (e.g. scanners) is quite widespread within the industry, ICT has not been included in this framework as employers do not feel it is relevant to the job role of those working in a driving environment.


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