Freight: Industry

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 27th January 2015.

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Photo of Rob Flello Rob Flello Labour, Stoke-on-Trent South

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if the Government will consider extending the student loans system to cover training and apprenticeships for the freight industry.

Photo of Nicholas Boles Nicholas Boles The Minister for Universities and Science, Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Jointly with the Department for Education)

Adult learners undertaking full Level 3 or Level 4 qualifications approved for public funding may be eligible for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. These include A Levels, Access to HE Diplomas and other Certificates and Diplomas, many of which will be appropriate to the freight industry.

Apprenticeships are jobs with training. Funding for the training element of an apprenticeship is provided by the Government and the employer – not the apprentice. Student loans are therefore not appropriate for apprenticeships.

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Sally Gilson
Posted on 3 Feb 2015 2:46 pm (Report this annotation)

Unfortunately the major skills shortage that the freight sector is experiencing is for HGV drivers. This is a level 2 qualification and therefore does not qualify for 24+ advanced learning loan.
Therefore for learners to self fund the only option is the career development loan (with an apr of 9.9%).

Please can government look into student style vocational training loans for all levels.