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Immigration White Paper disappoints

[ December 19, 2018   //   ]

The Freight Transport Association said that the Government’s White Paper on immigration after Brexit, published on 19 December “ignores the very real needs and concerns of the logistics industry, which supports every facet of the UK economy.”
Head of skills campaigns, Sally Gilson, said: “With skills shortages already being experienced among many logistics careers, including HGV drivers warehouse workers and forklift operators. The loss of almost a quarter of a million European workers, currently employed in these logistics roles in the UK [who] are no longer deemed “skilled” by the government could be catastrophic.”
FTA is urging the government to redirect unused apprenticeship levy funding, which cannot be accessed due to a lack of relevant apprenticeship standards, into meaningful training for those wishing to enter the sector but ineligible for traditional apprenticeship funding. Without this reallocation of funds, there will be insufficient staff to replace the European workers on which logistics depends, it says.

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