The Brexit transition period is coming to an end in the midst of already troubling times caused by COVID-19 and this combination has left the logistics and freight industry with concerns about how to move forward and maintain necessary staffing levels for demand. The British International Freight Association has called for the transition period to be extended to allow them to handle the additional requirements and this will surely be compounded by the issues that have come from COVID-19.
One of the most effective ways of boosting the staff levels in any sector is to consider younger employees who can be trained up fully in the particular trade. Hiring apprentices allows you to take full control of the experience your employees get and you can train them specifically in your line of work, creating highly trained employees who are also loyal.
Plug the Logistics Sector Skills Gap
The Logistical Employer Skills Survey found that there are skill gaps across all occupational levels, with at least 21% of companies employing staff who are not fully proficient. Hiring apprentices won’t immediately solve the problem but it will ensure you can quickly train work-ready individuals to be proficient in the skills needed in their particular logistics sector. You can access funding for apprenticeships for employees of all ages too. Those aged under 24 will attract an incentive of £2,000 per apprentice and there is £1,500 available for apprentices aged 25 and over.
Essential Service Providers
The Freight Transport Association worked with the government to keep their industry alive during the depths of the pandemic. Roadside facilities were kept open, exemptions for freight workers were provide from quarantine and other restrictions and MOTs were extended to keep HGV drivers on the road. Logistics workers were amongst many “key workers” so their roles continued when many of us were having to work from home or not work at all.
This coincided with a considerable boom in online shopping service use, increasing demand in the logistics sector even further. The British Retail Consortium reported 61.9% of all non-food sales in May 2020 took place online, a huge leap of 31.4% in the previous year. This shows just how important online services have come and by-proxy the people who deliver the goods.
Training in the Logistics Sector
Careers in logistics are further reaching than you may think. People may think its simply truck driving and long nights on the road, but this is just one aspect of a career in logistics. Careers in this sector can incorporate anything from jobs in analysis to planning, procurement and management.
Many industries are experiencing a dip in demand due to the Coronavirus pandemic impacting on their sales and services. In logistics the opportunities are as prevalent, if not more so, than ever, so it is a sector crying out for new talent and engaged, fresh employees.