Logistics is vital to the UK economy employing an incredible eight percent of the nationâ€™s workforce.
To sustain growth, the Logistics Sector needs to attract talent into the industry, develop people so they are better at their jobs and provide the support tools they need throughout their careers. Skills for Logistics has worked closely with employers, government, Local Enterprise Partnerships and professional bodies to develop a range of products and services that help address the issues faced by the sector like pre-employment Job Clubs, the Military Work Placement Scheme and The Logistics Guild. There are also a number of other exciting developments in the pipeline including the new Professional Development Stairway App â€“ a career benchmarking tool, and the first bank for the sector - the Logistics Guild Credit Union. This is what Skills for Logistics is about and I look forward to working in partnership with the sector to help make the UK the best logistics centre in the world.
Dr Ross Moloney CEO Skills for Logistics
What happens if logistics doesnâ€™t work? No food in supermarkets. No medicine in cabinets. No petrol at pumps.
Logistics is one of the most dynamic and important UK sectors and is often misunderstood. All aspects of the UK economy rely heavily on professional logistics and supply chain operations. Only when logistics fail do people realise just how intrinsic the Logistics Sector is to the very fabric of our daily way of life. Skills for Logistics has a total understanding of the Logistics Sector. Our team has worked with our employers and partners to meet the challenges faced by the sector and we have researched and developed practical solutions to achieve and support our model of... ATTRACT. DEVELOP. SUPPORT.
Logistics provides real opportunities for people at all stages of their career. However, many wouldn’t consider logistics as a career of choice and merely ‘fall’ into the sector. Accordingly, many employers struggle to fill their job vacancies. Skills for Logistics has developed a range of products and services to raise the profile and awareness of logistics and help get people into jobs. Our goal? To attract and connect talent with employers and help get people into a worthwhile and longterm career of choice.
Our support can get people jobs in the Logistics Sector. Once employed, we ensure everyone can access the advice, skills and training they need to progress their careers.
Employers often tell us that people have qualifications but are poorly prepared, lack some basic skills and competencies and are not ‘work ready’.
Accessing funding for skills and training - either as an employer or employee - can be complicated. Skills for Logistics supports employers, Local Authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships, councils, schools, colleges and other organisations to help tackle this issue. As well as developing the Logistics Guild Credit Union, Skills for Logistics has successfully supported and secured employer match-funding for a range of innovative projects, demonstrating a real conviction of employers and partners to support the sector.
Being ‘work ready’ gives people a serious advantage in securing employment. With productivity increasingly being driven by skills, our team deliver solutions such as pre-employment training, to ensure people have the ‘work ready’ skills to get a job. For more information visit
Logistics is a sector which offers lifelong opportunities and fulﬁlling careers, is vital for the economy and is responsible for a tenth of the UK’s global output.
A common misconception is that logistics does not offer great, long-term career opportunities. As such, attracting new, young workers and outstanding talent is a real problem for the sector. With employers struggling to fill job vacancies, Skills for Logistics has developed solutions to educate and inform people about the variety of exciting careers the sector can offer and then get them ready to take up those roles. Skills for Logistics adds real value to the sector by delivering: • Career awareness through events in schools and colleges. • Schemes to attract and train new talent for the sector from the Military, unemployed people, young people, and other underrepresented groups. • Supporting materials, information and advice for teachers, lecturers and careers advisers, colleges and universities. • In-depth expertise, research tools and intelligence that help engage, attract and encourage local businesses, schools and colleges to work together more closely.
Skills for Logistics has developed a range of products and services to bring new and qualified talent into the sector.
Made in China Designed by Skills for Logistics, ‘Made in China’ is a one day school enterprise activity which introduces young people to the world of logistics. ‘Made in China’ demonstrates the role that logistics plays as a key sector within the UK economy and the broad range of careers it offers.
School, College and Business Liaison Schools and colleges are often saying they want to work more with local companies. Our expertise can bring our wide network of employers much closer to schools and colleges to provide advice, mentoring, support for events and work experience.
Bringing Qualified New Talent into the Sector Our innovative programmes working with Jobcentre Plus to attract and train unemployed people, working with the MoD to support ex-military personnel into the sector, and our work with other under-represented groups such as ex-offenders will make a real difference for both the individuals and our employers who will have access to newly qualiﬁed and work-ready talent.
The Military Work Placement Scheme
The Military Work Placement Scheme Pilot was hugely successful with 1,000 work placements being provided, 330 jobs offered and 140 jobs secured.
The Military Work Placement Scheme (MWPS) offered 1,000 Military Service Leavers a fully-funded, work placement with a quality civilian logistics company. The structured work placements allowed military leavers to demonstrate the knowledge, experience and skills gained in the Services to prospective employers. At the same time, service leavers were able to realise that skills acquired in the Services are actually in huge demand with employers and that long-term career opportunities and real jobs exist in the Logistics Sector.
Attracting talent to the sector through the MWPS was hugely successful. Skills for Logistics was able to develop a first-class relationship with the Armed Forces during programme delivery. 1,000 service leavers gained invaluable â€˜on-the-jobâ€™ experience, with over 330 candidates receiving job offers and 140 gaining employment as a result of their placement.
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Central to the enhancement of skills within the workforce is the provision of training and staff development.
Training and Development
Skills for Logistics’ research indicates that 36% of logistics employers feel that the training and qualiﬁcations currently on offer are not suitable for the sector.
We are working with employers, colleges, training providers and other partners to help identify and connect employer recruitment and training needs to training and skills provision.
Furthermore, one in ten employers who did not use training providers cited a lack of knowledge as a reason for not using them. Skills for Logistics can provide the background knowledge and the investment tools to encourage and enable staff development as well as advising on training solutions that allow people to identify, acquire and develop new skills.
By directly linking our employers’ job vacancies to unemployed people, young people and others seeking work in the sector, and training those people speciﬁcally to ﬁll those vacancies we can address critical skills shortages in the sector. Individuals are also given valuable skills and qualiﬁcations that could give them a career for life.
Skills for Logistics can deliver: • Structured and robust training and development opportunities. • Career benchmarking with the Professional Development Stairway. • Job Clubs - pre-employment training and Certiﬁcate to Work.
Job Clubs Skills for Logistics has developed a number of engagement tools that help business improve its engagement with talent pools. For example, a pre-employment Job Club was launched in March 2013 allowing candidates to access training and skills within a structured mentoring support network.
36% of logistics employers feel that the currently available training and qualiﬁcations on offer are not suitable.
The Job Club pilot programme lasted six weeks and focused on job searching skills, knowledge acquisition, motivation, skills and confidence building that would help people get into employment. Ideal for unemployed individuals and pre-employment training, Job Clubs can easily be adapted for future use and roll-out. Major logistics companies such as DHL, Wincanton, Greggs and ASDA supported the pilot scheme by providing experienced mentors and work experience placements.
The Professional Development Stairway The Logistics Sector has historically lacked a career progression route. Skills for Logistics produced, with the support and consultation of employers, The Professional Development Stairway (PDS). The PDS provides a common platform for employers, employees and stakeholders to understand and manage career development opportunities across the sector. It is also being developed as a mobile app that will: • Highlight the range of job roles in the sector and potential career progression pathways; • Provide case studies and the career journeys of present logistics professionals; • Link to additional career resources such as the Logistics Locker, the Logistics Guild and the Skills Calculator.
Employer networks are an effective way to secure greater employer investment in training.
Employer Networks Skills for Logistics brings employers together to provide collective solutions to their business challenges. Our Local Logistics Community Networks (LLCNs) consist of employers, local authorities, LEPs, training providers and other organisations that are focused on skills development and employment. They connect the Logistics Sector to the local community, working to increase its attractiveness amongst local talent pools, support recruitment into the sector and promote the beneďŹ ts of and encourage skills development. Through the LLCNs, the barriers of accessing suitable training provisions can be overcome. This ensures that employer demands are articulated and relevant training is available through a local network of quality assured training providers.
Set-up by Skills for Logistics, the Logistics Guild is a support network of shared resource, run for and by its members.
The Logistics Guild
Logistics Guild Credit Union
The vision of the Guild is aligned with that of Skills for Logistics - to attract, develop and support every single member of the Logistics Sector; to provide access to opportunities, training and benefits that ultimately leads to an up-skilling of the Sector.
The Logistics Guild has made an application to the Bank of England to develop The Logistics Guild Credit Union (LGCU) with a decision expected in March 2014.
The Logistics Guild is free to join and no qualifications will be required to be a member. The only condition to Guild membership is that each member must work for a logistics company or be involved with a logistics-related operation such as logistics supply chains, the Logistics Credit Union or colleges or universities that offer a logistics qualification.
The LGCU will be a not-for-profit, financial cooperative owned and run by its Members. Being a part of the Logistics Guild, members will have the right to join the LGCU and take advantage of its ethical product range including savings products, ISAs, current accounts and loans. Members of the LGCU will be able to take loans from the Credit Union at rates below those offered by banks and building societies. The Credit Union will open up new avenues for individuals to fund training where there is no government funding. The Logistics Guild will promote the use of loans for training courses, helping workers to improve their career prospects, raise their self-esteem and take responsibility for improving their career outlook.
All of our work is underpinned by research and intelligence. The cornerstone of our thinking.
Skills for Logistics can support government, LEPs, business and any other interested organisation in providing a detailed understanding of the Logistics Sector. Our highly experienced research team regularly surveys companies to generate intelligence on the Logistics Sector and uses this intelligence to identify the current sector make-up, the immediate issues it is facing and assess the impact of national and global trends moving forward. Skills for Logistics can then work with partners to evaluate and use this intelligence to design and implement appropriate solutions to address the challenges and meet the opportunities head on.
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