With the industry facing a serious shortage of skilled workers, today (10 August 2021) business group Logistics UK has launched a comprehensive, free guide for employers from across the sector on “Funding and support for accessing logistics skills.” And as Elizabeth de Jong, Policy Director at Logistics UK explains, the guide is one way in which the organisation is supporting the recruitment of new employees at such a critical time:

“There is currently an acute issue with the recruitment and retention of roles across our industry, not least HGV drivers,” she explains, “but many employers are confused about how to access vital funding in order to recruit and train new workers. This new guide, produced with the active involvement of the Department for Education and the Department for Work and Pensions, gives clear and concise information about the schemes available to employers and where and how to apply for funding, including for apprenticeships and traineeships, to attract and train new employees.

“Much of Logistics UK’s work to support skills in our sector involves campaigning for policy changes to help create a more sustainable pipeline of staff to meet the demand for people in our sector. But this new guide provides simple and practical steps which will help recruiters right across our industry to identify and enrol the workforce our sector so desperately needs.”

For a free copy of the new Logistics UK guide to “Funding and Support for Accessing Logistics Skills”, please visit https://logistics.org.uk/campaigns/skills-and-employment/funding-and-support-for-accessing-logistics-skills to download the document.

Logistics UK is one of the UK’s leading business groups, representing logistics businesses which are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With COVID-19, Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. Logistics UK supports, shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics, and is the only business group which represents the whole industry, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods. For more information about the organisation and its work, including its ground-breaking research into the impacts of COVID-19 on the whole supply chain, please visit www.logistics.org.uk.