AV Dawson ships in new apprentice

Teesside-based freight logistics specialist, AV Dawson, recently showed its commitment to apprenticeships with the appointment of new recruit, Georgia Canham.

The appointment tied in with National Apprenticeship Week, as part of a new partnership with Middlesbrough College to provide more opportunities for young people including work placements and apprenticeship opportunities.

Georgia, aged 19, a former student at SRC Bede College in Billingham, has joined AV Dawson as an accountancy (AAT) apprentice within its finance team, which is based on its 100-acre freight handling facility on Teesport in Middlesbrough.

“I’ve lived in Teesside all my life but until I started my apprenticeship here, I just wasn’t aware of all the different businesses and jobs available in the local area,” said Georgia.

“I think a lot of people think if you want to do finance you have to work in an accountants.  I am part of a finance team at AV Dawson, which gives me the opportunity to work with lots of different people within the team.

At present, the UK logistics industry requires 1.2 million new recruits by 2020.  The sector is crying out for talent to replace the 80 percent of its workers that are projected to leave within the next five years.

Whilst there is a national lorry driver shortage, businesses like AV Dawson need a broader range of roles as the business grows across its various divisions.

Louise Croce, HR Manager at AV Dawson explained: “Haulage is just one part of our business, we also have divisions for rail freight services, port and sea operations and warehousing and storage.

“We need to ensure we have a sustainable workforce development programme to support each of these areas of the business and all the supporting roles such as finance, HR and marketing.

“It’s therefore really important for us to raise awareness of opportunities within the logistics sector and within AV Dawson if we are to attract new talent.

“We’re having a big focus on bringing more industry-recognised, transferrable skills into the business and apprenticeships are ideal to help us do this.

“In addition to the work we’re doing with Middlesbrough College to inspire young people into the sector we’re also now developing an apprenticeship programme to upskill our existing workforce.”