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Supply chain firms face a skills shortage


An industry body representing the supply chain industry has warned this week that more investment is urgently needs in the sector.

The UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) fears that logistics companies may soon face a serious skills shortage as too little money is currently being spent on the next generation of supply chain workers.

Speaking at the UKWA’s recent AGM, outgoing Chairman Derrick Potter said that more interaction with the industry’s skills council, Skills for Logistics, will be needed in the years ahead to reverse this trend.

“With an ageing workforce and a perception among those currently in education that logistics does not offer an attractive career path, the sector may well find itself facing a skills shortage in the near future,” Potter commented.

“It is therefore vitally important that we begin to attract young people and bring a greater diversity of skills into the sector.

“One of UKWA’s key objectives over the coming years will be to encourage members to engage with Skills for Logistics to develop logistics related apprenticeship schemes that will attract government funding.”

Potter is one of the most influential people within the sector, as a director of the Rail Freight Group and having founded logistics services and solutions firm The Potter Group, so his concerns will be shared with many senior figures in the sector.

The UKWA was created in 1994 to represent the industry to both commerce and government, and has over 600 members providing storage and third party logistics services.

Published on Wednesday 20 July by Editorial Assistant

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