The UK Government is encouraging young people to take up careers in the logistics sector with £300,000 (approx. €348,731) of funding as part of the next phase of a campaign.
Following a highly successful first year, the Department for Transport (DfT) will continue to invest in the industry-led Generation Logistics campaign to improve recruitment and retention of a skilled and diverse workforce in the logistics sector.
Doing this, DfT said, will vitally support the UK’s supply chain resilience as well as help grow the economy across the country.
The campaign’s second year will now primarily focus on raising the profile of logistics in schools and colleges by supporting educators with resources and materials – driving a new generation of talented individuals to pursue rewarding career paths in the sector.
According to DfT, the first year of the campaign contributed to a more diverse and stable workforce across the logistics sector by raising awareness and improving perceptions.
“The first year of government funding has had a positive impact, showcasing the diversity of career opportunities in this vital sector,” said Transport Secretary, Mark Harper.
“That is why we are pleased to announce additional year two funding to further build resilience in the sector.
“We continue to work closely with industry leaders, like CILT (UK) and Logistics UK, to fully understand the needs of the industry and this is yet another step we are taking to grow the economy and support industry across the UK.”
In total, DfT has invested £645,000 (approx. €749,851). This includes £345,000 (approx. €401,083) in year one and now £300,000 (approx. €348,731) in the second year.
As in year one, DfT’s year two investment will be supplemented by industry sponsorship from leading companies and trade associations.