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Skills for Logistics is the Sector Skills Council for the UK's freight logistics industries.
We are licensed by Government to tackle the skills and productivity needs of employers in our sector.

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Updates from Skills For Logistics including the Certificate to Work, Logistics Guild Credit Union and the future of the MWPS

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Raising the profile of logistics, Our Local Logistics Community Network helps connect employers with schools and training providers


Recent News

  • 24/03/2014UK Logistics sector registers a big leap in confidenceThe findings of the latest UK Logistics Confidence Index report a surge in confidence amongst the sector during the second half of 2013, compared to the previous six months.

    The bi-annual Index, commissioned by Barclays and Grant Thornton UK LLP, which surveyed over one hundred senior decision-makers within Logistics businesses, recorded an overall confidence reading of 74.9, a leap of almost 25% on the previous six months and 43% year on year.

    Following a promising start to the year, confidence in the sector continued to grow throughout 2013 and the latest figure marks the highest index rating and largest half-year increase since the survey was launched in H1 2012.

    However, the sector is still grappling with some big challenges as margin pressure, customer demand, fuel costs and market volatility are cited as the greatest cause for concern over the next six months.

    Of those surveyed, over three-fifths (61%) said that operating conditions were more favourable, compared to 26% in the first half of 2013.

    Only 7% stated that the current outlook had worsened with 32% saying that conditions had stayed the same. Looking ahead to the next six months, the majority of respondents believe the outlook is likely to improve further with over half (55%) expecting more favourable conditions. 35% believe it will stay the same and just 10% believe conditions will deteriorate.

    For more information click here.
  • 24/03/2014Skills for Logistics Training & Development Round Table EventAs part of their ongoing commitment to attracting, developing and supporting talent in the Logistics Sector, Skills for Logistics will be holding a Training and Development Round Table discussion event at the North Warwickshire and Hinckley College on Tuesday 8th April 2014.

    Central to the enhancement of skills within the workforce is the provision of staff training and development

    Skills for Logistics’ research indicates that 36% of logistics employers feel that the training and qualifications currently on offer are not suitable for the sector.

    Furthermore, one in ten employers who did not use training providers cited a lack of knowledge as a reason for not using them.

    Skills for Logistics can provide the background knowledge and the investment tools to encourage enable staff development as well as advising on training solutions that allow people to identify, acquire and develop new skills. Skills for Logistics are working with employers, colleges, training providers and other partners to help identify and connect employer recruitment and training needs to training and skills provision.

    Following the recent Round Table collaboration with Commercial Motor and logistics hauliers, Skills for Logistics are hosting a Training and Development Round Table Event to find out your views on the provision of training, skills and development in the Logistics Sector.

    The event will give logistics training providers, training organisations, employer recruitment colleges and employers the chance to discuss openly with Dr Ross Moloney, CEO of Skills for Logistics, the immediate skills and training challenges that the Logistics Sector is currently facing.

        If you wish to take part in the Training and Development Round Table Event, please call Elaine Dimond at Skills for Logistics on 01908 764513 to reserve your place by 28th March 2014.

    Round Table Event Details

    Registration, tea, coffee and biscuits available upon arrival from 10am with a light lunch following the event. It is anticipated that the event will conclude at 13.30pm.

    Contact details for the North Warwickshire and Hinckley Campus are as follows:

    North Warwickshire & Hinckley College
    Hinckley Campus
    Lower Bond Street
    LE10 1QU
  • 10/03/2014Latest Sector Research

    Our latest research into the sector has been released. 

    Skills for Logistics has surveyed nearly 300 employers on a number of issues impacting upon the skills needs of the sector. 

    This includes areas such as industrial performance and challenges, occupational skills requirements, recruitment and staff retention, workforce development and the skills needs of the future workforce. 

    The full report is free to download below.

Upcoming Events

Date:Event:Location:Event Information:
26 June 2014Training Provider Standard of Excellence MeetingNorthampton College, Booth Lane, Northampton NN3 3RFSkills for Logistics is committed to raising the bar of training in the Logistics Sector.  Dr Ross Moloney, CEO of Skills of Logistics wants to explore what excellent looks like in training provision. This meeting follows the employer meeting held on the 5th June.  If you are a Training Provider and interested in helping establish and shape a standard of training excellence please contact Elaine Dimond on 01908 764513 to register interest. 
9 July 2014TACLS Conference - Teaching and Assessing Competence in the Logistics SectorVolvo Trucks, Warwick, CV34 5YA Registration from 9:15am. Dr Ross Moloney, CEO of Skills for Logistics will provide the Conference opening address followed by presentations from Graham Slack at Wincanton and Ian Henshall of SJ Bargh Ltd. An interactive panel discussion and Q&A session will then follow to allow all delegates to put forward their own views.   More here: bit.ly/1sicELs
5 June 2014Employer Standard of Excellence MeetingJAUPT, Milton KeynesDr Ross Moloney, CEO of Skills for Logistics is chairing an employer meeting to scope the development of a standard of excellence for the delivery of Driver CPC. JAUPT and DVSA work together to ensure compliance to legislation. Skills for Logistics will produce a standard of excellence, far above minimum legal requirements. We will then encourage providers to engage with the standard. If they meet it they can use the Skills for Logistics quality mark. If they don’t they can’t. Skills for Logistics will maintain a database of all providers we rank as excellent...