James Hookham, FTA Managing Director of Policy and Communications

FTA and City & Guilds partnership aims to fill the void in skills development

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has entered into a partnership arrangement with City & Guilds in order to ‘fill the void’ of skills development in the logistics sector.

It is the FTA’s belief that the logistics industry has been ‘overlooked by government’ for funding to support vocational training because of the absence of a nationally recognised qualification framework.

FTA’s partnership with City & Guilds will provide nationally recognised qualifications across a range of professions with the aim of providing a more complete range of skills development opportunities in the logistics sector.

James Hookham, FTA Managing Director of Policy and Communications said: “The logistics sector has been overlooked by government for too long for skills funding, partly because it lacks a national vocational training structure or recognised qualification structure.

“FTA’s partnership with City & Guilds will aim to deliver that and help fill the void in skills development opportunities in the logistics sector.”

The first of the FTA – City & Guilds qualifications will be for Commercial Vehicle Fleet Management and a level 3 qualification, equivalent to current Transport Manager CPC, will be launched during 2015.  The development of further qualifications for the logistics industry will also be announced later this year.