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The prime minister has paid a visit to a logistics driver training provider and took the opportunity to emphasise the importance of apprenticeships in fields such as logistics

According to David Cameron, such positions could be a gateway to university-level study and Skills for Logistics (SfL) has stated it is "highly appropriate" that he selected a company in the industry to make his speech.

He was addressing an audience of businesspeople and party supporters at System Training in Carlisle, stating that more apprenticeships are needed in the UK and greater access to vocational training is required.

Mr Cameron outlined a series of four challenges that must be overcome in order to achieve this, including enhancing basic skills such as English and maths, changing the perception of practical skills as a soft subject, tackling suspicion of employers being involved in courses and providing a clear route to vocational training.

SfL noted that 250,000 apprenticeships provided through the agency have been completed to date, with positions delivered "in close partnership with employers in the industry".

The sector skills council is licensed by the government to work with employers, training providers, learners and ministers in order to tackle the skills and productivity needs of the freight logistics industry.

Written by Scott Buckler
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 10:10

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