Apprenticeship funding for LGV training increases to £7,000 to cover CAT C+E licence acquisition
In early 2021, Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson confirmed that funding for HGV apprenticeships will increase to £7,000 from 1 August. The increase was agreed upon after the road haulage Trailblazer Group (TBG) rejected the previously announced level of £6,000.
The Road Haulage Association Chief Executive, Richard Burnett said the announcement was a step towards resolving the driver shortage but said much more needed to be done. He said:
“We’ve worked tirelessly over the last year to unblock this problem and we’re pleased that the Government has listened. But this is only one element to help tackle the growing driver shortage crisis.
This move will support firms to recruit and train new drivers in the long term, but the industry needs immediate help as the demand for goods increases as lockdown restrictions are lifted.”
Funding increase guidance for employers
The changes announced in government funding for the Level 2 Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) Apprenticeship Standard implies that the increase will cover the expenses of Cat C+E training and licence acquisition as standard, including Cat C. Previous employers enrolling their employees on an LGV Apprenticeship needed to pay for the Cat C+E permit themselves. However, from 1 August, this part of the apprenticeship will be paid for through the Levy or Government financing.
Note that the new subsidizing won't come into play for students who have effectively started their training, but it will be accessible for those students who start on or after 1 August.
What is the difference between Cat C and Cat C+E?
A category C licence allows drivers to drive vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, but must not exceed 32 tonnes. Category C (or Class 2 as they are otherwise known) licences typically cover a vehicle with a cab and trailer fixed permanently together. In other words, what we would consider a ‘standard lorry’. While you have this licence your vehicle weight must not exceed 750kg. This license is a stepping stone within HGV training – a way to move on to the category C and E licence. You must be over 18 to have this permit.
A category C + E license is the most comprehensive HGV licence you can hold. With this licence, drivers can drive and handle a drawbar or articulated vehicle. The E part of the category C and E licence stands for entitlement and means that the bearer can go up to or over 750kg in weight. This particular permit is also known as Class 1, allowing the driver to drive any large goods style vehicle needed, including a double trailer.