RHA ‘inspiring future logistics professionals’

Written by Ellie

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has helped to inspire the next generation of logistics professionals during its attendance at this year’s CV Show.

Working in partnership with the Manufacturers’ Institute, the RHA helped put on the ‘Make It’ challenge – a hands-on event that saw more than two-dozen 13 to 14-year-olds take part in a competition to design, cost, build and market a new commercial vehicle.

The youngsters then gave a series of Dragons’ Den-style presentations on their creations to a group of major players in the UK commercial vehicle sector, with the winning team hailing from  Wolverhampton’s Our Lady and St Chad Catholic Academy.

Judges included editor of Commercial Motor magazine Will Shiers, chairman of Isuzu Trucks UK Nikki King, expert transport lawyer Ian Jones of Backhouse Jones Solicitors and RHA audit coordinator Edna Gill.

Following the success of the event, RHA organiser Kate Gibbs commented: “The real success of the day was the response of the students themselves.

“Only 17 per cent had previously said they would consider a career in the logistics industry. By the end of their CV Show visit, 54 per cent of the young people said it was a career that really interested them – a great result.”

Bringing fresh blood into the UK logistics industry is one of the biggest challenges faced by the nation’s operators at present. With an ongoing crisis in the number of available professional drivers, efforts to raise the profile of the sector and to highlight the many benefits open to those that pursue a career in logistics are entirely welcome.


Posted on 27th April 2015

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