Young people urged to consider careers in logistics

23rd November 2016

Young people urged to consider careers in logistics (image credit: iStock/paulbranding)

Young people up and down the country are being encouraged to consider embarking on a career in logistics by the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

A three-day Skills Show was attended by the organisation earlier this month. It took place at the Birmingham NEC on November 17th to 19th and saw hundreds of young people given the opportunity to find out more about the transport and logistics industry.

First-hand experience of the opportunities available to young people was also on-hand from 16-year-old Bradley Hunt, who last year became the youngest ever candidate to pass the demanding Transport Manager CPC exam.

FTA skills policy development manager Sally Gilson commented: "Over the three days we managed to talk about careers in logistics to hundreds of students, teachers and parents. With the help of our apprentices, they could hear first-hand how exciting the sector is.

"Events like the Skills Show are so important in connecting with young people – if we don’t showcase logistics then they won't know about the diversity of career prospects available."

Indeed, the UK continues to face high demand for professional drivers and supporting staff within the logistics sector, and it is therefore essential to continue to bring more fresh faces into the profession.

Natalie Brinkley, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "Attracting more young people into the logistics sector will be no mean feat in the coming years, but this is essential for the long-term stability and positivity of the sector as a whole."