Skills and training issues tackled at Talent in Logistics 2017

Skills and training issues tackled at Talent in Logistics 2017

More than 200 professionals from across the logistics industry gathered in Telford recently to discuss the skills and training challenges facing the sector at the Talent in Logistics Conference.

The conference event was organised by Capitb, owner of workplace transport training regulatory body RTITB and the new National Register of LGV Instructors (NRI), and included seminars and an exhibition as well as an awards dinner in the evening.

Fighting the skills shortage

Over the next six years, an estimated 588,000 additional workers will be required to support a growing logistics sector, making it vital for organisations to address skills, training and career progression. Geared specifically towards addressing these challenges, the event offered advice and inspiration on how to tackle some of the key issues.

Topics under discussion in the conference sessions included the future of logistics careers, new standards relating to apprenticeships, recruiting and retaining employees with disabilities, and people safety and the important role of training. Other sessions for those in the transport sector included LGV driver distraction while the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) discussed its transport sector strategy. Speakers from National Counter Terrorism Policing looked at how lorry related terrorism can be prevented while the NRI also educated delegates on need-to-know legislation, regulation and best practice.

Materials handling equipment (MHE) safety was also addressed with a session from RTITB looking at the importance of pre-use inspections, while Mentor FLT Training considered how to make a difference to forklift safety. HSE also helped visitors understand more about the psychology and influences behind risk taking behaviour, while charity Mind brought the important topic of mental health to the fore and suggested how employers can help.

During the conference, CIPD shared top tips for making strategic L&D work in practice, while Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK explored how MHE training will evolve in the future to help businesses save time and money while reducing risks. Transaid, meanwhile, demonstrated the importance of quality training, using examples from the economically developing countries where the charity works.

For delegates from commercial training providers there were specific sessions from Dynamix Technology and Struto to help provide ideas and practical advice on effective sales and marketing for training businesses.

During the event, many delegates visited the Information Zone, to network and consult with some of the leading brands from the industry about best practice and the common issues faced by training and L&D professionals. Exhibitors included Anglia Logistics Transport Training Academy Brake, Business on the Move, CASCAID, Driving Test Success, Freight Transport Association, Molokini Marketing, NRI, Road Haulage Association, RTITB, the RTITB Instructor Academy, Think Logistics, TJX Europe, Tockwith Training, Transaid and Voss.

Recognition and reward as important elements in attracting new staff and retaining existing employees was a key theme throughout the event, and particularly during the inaugural Talent in Logistics Awards, held at the Telford International Centre. It was particularly positive to see many women receiving awards as increasing the number of female employees in the transport and logistics industry is going to be key for tackling the skills crisis.

The next Talent in Logistics Conference and Awards is confirmed as taking place at the Telford International Centre on June 21 2018.

For more information on Talent in Logistics, or to see the latest updates on the 2018 event, visit: www.talentinlogistics.co.uk.