The scheme forges links between young people and employers to improve their understanding of the logistics sector and the appeal of a range of exciting careers. Businesses including Travis Perkins, Caterpillar, DHL, Alpro are all keen to help plug the future skills gap by inspiring young people to think about alternative career paths in the sector.
An UKCES report from October 2014 highlighted the skills shortages within the logistics sector stating that young people simply aren’t aware of the career paths that are open to them. The sector acknowledges that it is sometimes perceived to be dominated by freight transport and road haulage. But careers in logistics also depend on many other skills including IT, languages, analytical problem solving, and communications skills.
Currently only 9% of the logistics sector workforce is aged under 25 and very few young people leaving education choose to enter the sector.
We are looking for more partners in this scheme so if you work in the logistics sector, regardless of the size of your business, please consider whether you could:
- Mentor a student either online or face-to-face
- Deliver a masterclass or speak to a group of young people in their classroom
- Host a tour of your workplace
- Provide a paid internship placement during the summer
- Join the Career Ready local advisory board at Northampton College
- Host an event or provide sponsorship or facilities in kind.