Clipper Logistics makes a Fresh Start

Two ongoing talking points within the logistics industry as a whole are labour shortage and diversity; how the industry will combat any labour issues as a result of Brexit and how to diversify a traditional industry.

National logistics specialist Clipper Logistics has found a way of tackling both labour shortage and diversity through its Fresh Start campaign, which since July 2018 has brought on board 120 employees from minority backgrounds, including the rehabilitation of ex-offenders back into the workplace.

Sam Smith - climbing the career ladder

Over the next five years, more than half a million additional workers will be required to support a growing logistics sector, making it vitally important for businesses to address skills, training and career progression.

Skills and training issues tackled at Talent in Logistics 2017

More than 200 professionals from across the logistics industry gathered in Telford recently to discuss the skills and training challenges facing the sector at the Talent in Logistics Conference.

The conference event was organised by Capitb, owner of workplace transport training regulatory body RTITB and the new National Register of LGV Instructors (NRI), and included seminars and an exhibition as well as an awards dinner in the evening.

RHA and Close Brothers launch innovative apprenticeship scheme for transport SMEs

The RHA and Close Brothers Asset Finance have joined forces to launch a pioneering programme to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) secure the skills they need for future growth by recruiting young drivers into the transport sector.

Through the ‘RHA/Close Brothers SME Apprentice Scheme – 20/20’, Close Brothers will contribute to the cost of apprentices for 20 SME members of the RHA (those with less than 20 vehicles) who might otherwise be unable to afford to take on a new apprentice Large Goods Vehicle driver under the age of 24.

Logistics champions crowned at Women in Logistics prize-giving ceremony

Four inspirational logistics champions have been honoured at the annual Women in Logistics prize-giving ceremony.

The Leader of the Year Award prize was presented to Jacqueline O'Donovan of O'Donovan Waste Disposal, while Sarah Shaw from the University of Hull was given a rare "Highly Commended" award, proving just how tough the competition was.

The skills gap – what is the Freight Transport Association doing?

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is the UK’s biggest transport trade body, representing more than 16,000 members who move goods by road, rail, sea and air. Recruitment challenges in the sector have prompted the association to dedicate a member of its policy team to skills campaigning and to focus on apprenticeships and training in its commercial activities.

Wanted: Women making a difference in logistics

The search is on for women making a difference in the logistics industry, with an annual awards ceremony set to recognise the cream of the crop.

Women in Logistics, a UK-wide trade organisation, will celebrate individuals in three categories: Leader of the Year, Diversity Champion (also open to men) and Young Woman of the Year. There's also a fourth award to recognise the organisation doing the most to advance the cause of women in the industry.

Case study: Apprenticeships working at Port of London Authority

A young man who’s been taken on full time at the Port of London Authority (PLA) is proving that apprenticeships can work.

Charlie Henry, 20, jumped at the chance to forge a career for himself three years ago and says it was one of the best decisions he ever made. After recently being made a full-time assistant building tradesperson with the Port of London Authority, Charlie thinks anyone who’s wondering what to do with their future could not do any better than take up an apprenticeship.

Talent in Logistics Awards: Deadline extended

The Talent in Logistics Awards, a new event dedicated to recognising and rewarding excellence in training, learning and development in the logistics sector, has extended its deadline to April 28.

Originally set to close on March 31, companies now have another month to nominate their employees for an award, celebrating their skills and hard work.