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Logistics industry faces shortage of skilled employees


Logistics companies are being plagued by a shortfall in young talent, with experts in the UK saying the industry needs an additional 1.2 million employees by 2022.
Speaking at the Multimodal exhibition, Career Ready head Ian Nichol said: "We have a ready-made training programme but we need the industry to channel its knowledge and enthusiasm because at the moment very few actually understand what the logistics industry is.
"Too many people think that it's about driving trucks and working in sheds, and there are a lot of parents who don't want their kids to go into that profession."
Bis Henderson Group's chief executive recruitment consultant Andy Kaye added: "We have an ageing population and we don't have the skills to take this industry into the future.
"5-33 per cent of employees are nearing retirement age while at the same time the logistics industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy. The way we manage our lives now with e-commerce means that logistics and supply chains support the growth of the wider economy.
"But how do we get people to understand that? This sector has done very, very little to attract new talent into the industry."
In response, Mr Kaye launched the NOVUS programme, an industry-led grouping that has organised a series of logistics degree courses in co-operation with Huddersfield University, reported London's Air Cargo News.
NOVUS operations manager Bethany Fovargue said that while many previous efforts had concentrated on potential graduates and school-leavers, the critical age group for employers to attract potential recruits was now in the 14-year-old age range.

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