Efforts to make a career in the logistics sector more attractive for young people are paying off, if preliminary numbers from Skills for Logistics (SfL) are anything to go by. According to the Sector Skills Council for the UK freight logistics industry, the number of logistics-related apprenticeships started in 2011/2012 grew by 29%, rising from 12,170 in the preceding year to 15,670, Materials Handling World Magazine reports.
SfL chief executive Mick Jackson described the figures as great news and a clear indication that the logistics sector is successfully increasing its appeal for young Britons. SfL is working closely with employers to create apprenticeships and this cooperation makes it possible to offer training opportunities that help to address the skills demand in the sector. As part of the effort to draw more young people to logistics-oriented apprenticeships, SfL and various employers are counting on pre-employment programmes, or so-called ‘Traineeships’, Jackson added.
Driving Goods Vehicles and Warehousing and Storage apprenticeships account for more than 90% of certificates issued to trainees. The choice of logistics-oriented apprenticeships in England also includes International Trade & Logistics Operations, Logistics Operations, Mail Services, Supply Chain Management, Commercial Moving and Traffic Office. In 2012 the list was expanded with the addition of Maritime Occupations and Express Logistics.
The overall number of intermediate certificates issued stands at 29,045, while the figure for advanced certificates is 4,129. The young people awarded these certificates have since contributed more than £500 million annually to the UK economy and provided their employers with the skilled labour they need, the article said.