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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22971: Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 May 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what funding is available to individuals to train as HGV operators.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 14 May 2019

Scottish Government policy is to provide a contribution towards Modern Apprenticeship training administered by Skills Development Scotland, with employers expected to make a contribution to additional costs of training.

The contribution rates for the Freight Logistics (Driving Goods Vehicle) Modern Apprenticeship framework for the current year 2019/20 are;

  • Individuals Aged 16-19: SCQF Level 5 £2,700, Level 6 £4,500
  • Individuals Aged 20-24: SCQF Level 5 £1,550, Level 6 £2,500
  • Individuals Aged 25+: SCQF Level 5 £1,000, Level 6 £2,000

Skills Development Scotland contract annually with training providers, colleges, universities and employers to deliver Modern Apprenticeship training. They have recently awarded the Road Haulage Association their first Modern Apprenticeship contract for Freight Logistics Apprenticeships. The Freight Logistics framework applies to both Long Goods Vehicles and Heavy Good Vehicles.