FTA aim to fill skills shortage in logistics industry

Monday, February 2, 2015 - 15:00
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Addressing skills shortages

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has announced that it has entered into a partnership arrangement with City & Guilds in order to ‘fill the void’ of skills development in the logistics sector.

FTA has previously commented that it believes that the logistics industry has been overlooked by government for funding to support vocational training because of the absence of a nationally recognised qualification framework.

The partnership with City & Guilds will provide nationally recognised qualifications across a range of professions with the aim of providing a more complete range of skills development opportunities in the logistics sector.

James Hookham, FTA Managing Director of Policy and Communications, said: “FTA is delighted to be working with City & Guilds, through this unique partnership we will provide learning excellence with vocational training industry standards which will help bring the logistics sector in to the 21st century.”

As a leading vocational education and training organisation, City & Guilds qualifications are valued by employers and help individuals develop their talents and abilities for future progression. The first of the FTA–City & Guilds qualifications will be for Commercial Vehicle Fleet Management and a level 3 qualification, equivalent to current Transport Manager CPC, will be launched during 2015.

FTA and City & Guilds will be announcing development of further qualifications for the logistics industry during 2015.

The Association’s ongoing commitment to quality, continuous improvement and innovation, has made FTA one of the UK’s leading provider of training in the freight and logistics industry.

The news comes at the same times as the Road Haulage Association announcing that representatives have been invited to attend a meeting with the Treasury to address the issue of funding for employers to train UK residents to drive in the haulage industry. Further developments will be covered by FleetPoint in the coming weeks.

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