System Group, which trains drivers for local and national based logistics operators, has marked 500 years of mail services with renewed backing for apprenticeship schemes.
The company was at London’s Guildhall to join with the ancient livery of transport, The Worshipful Company of Carmen, and Royal Mail to celebrate the occasion in 1516 when Henry VIII knighted Brian Tuke as the first Master of the Posts.
This date was the catalyst for the creation of today’s Royal Mail, which is the UK’s leading postal service provider delivering to almost 30 million addresses each week.
And to commemorate the historic event, Young Carmen apprentice Caitlin completed her forklift truck licence with the System Group to mark the Carmens’ vehicle taxation ceremony of cart making.
System Group director David Cormack also congratulated Royal Mail director David Gould on the London to Holyhead post run while they oversaw the installation of the 500th Master Carmen, Marsha Rae-Ratcliffe.
Dave Dargan, CEO for System Group, said: “We were delighted to attend the 500th year celebrations with Royal Mail and welcome Marsha to the 500th year of the Master of the Carmen.
“We also look forward to being able to support and guide the organisation through the apprenticeship levy in the coming years.”
The news saw System Group also reavow its support for apprenticeships and help others that are running schemes prepare for the Government’s apprenticeship levy, which comes into force in May 2017.
The training provider, which operates across the UK and employs over 60 skilled trainers and assessors, is tackling the UK-wide demand for qualified LGV drivers – logistics and transport operators are currently struggling to recruit and it is estimated that an extra 150,000 more drivers will be needed by 2020.
It was the first to open a privately held DVSA approved LGV test centre and has thrown its support behind the express trailblazer apprenticeship and other initiatives designed to equip employers with the workforce skills they need.
CEO Dave Dargan added that logistics and transport operators should take a consultative approach to meeting the levy.
“They need to work with industry experts to understand training requirements and manage the financial process to secure a real long term return on investment,” he says.
For more information about the Levy, please visit www.system-group.com/apprenticeshiplevy