The Freight Transport Association (FTA) will be encouraging young people to consider careers in the logistics industry at the Skills Show in Birmingham this week.
Sixth formers who have yet to settle on a career path will be a key target for the FTA team, who will be on the floor in high vis jackets to answer questions about the industry’s many opportunities.
There is a huge skills shortage across the logistics sector, particularly for HGV drivers, and FTA is helping the Think Logistics team to present the industry as a dynamic, challenging and satisfying place to work and progress.
Think Logistics is a scheme created to promote the industry and to attract students aged 16-19 to careers in logistics while raising their aspirations. FTA has agreed a three-year sponsorship for the programme and will encourage its members to take part in school and college workshops run by the charity Career Ready to highlight the range of careers on offer.
FTA Deputy Chief Executive James Hookham said:
“There are hundreds of different roles – it’s not just about driving trucks! Logistics requires skills in a wide range of disciplines including IT, human resources, mathematical modelling, financial accounting, engineering, sales, marketing, and even PR!
“My advice to young people is to choose the industry where you want to work – fashion, retailing, construction, entertainment – and logistics will play a role in making it successful somewhere.”
The Skills show runs from Thursday to Saturday at Birmingham NEC and FTA will be on Stand 60 in Hall 9.