UK logistics industry faces skills of shortage

London, UK: The logistics industry will face a skills shortage unless companies increase their investment in training says Derrick Potter, outgoing chair of the United Kingdom Warehousing Association.

Potter says: “I believe most employers understand the importance of developing the skills of their workforce but, generally, supply chain companies have been slow to invest and, as result, the Sector Skills Council for our industry – Skills for Logistics – faces a funding challenge.

Speaking at the Warehousing Association’s AGM, he said: “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. 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 (United Kingdom Warehousing Association) 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.”

John Maguire, sales and marketing director of Flexi Narrow Aisle, succeeds Potter as chair of the United Kingdom Warehousing Association.