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Minister meets with Logistics UK and member organisation in urgent recruitment push for hauliers


Employment Minister Mims Davies MP met with Logistics UK and A.I.M Commercial Services Ltd at the company’s site in Ripley, Derbyshire this week (14 July 2021), to discuss how best to attract new recruits to the sector and help businesses across logistics to drive the economic recovery.

Speaking after the event, Mims Davies MP said: “The haulage sector faces a challenging time, which is why it’s vital we work together to address the barriers to recruitment, and to ensure there is a diverse pipeline of talent ready to take up these roles. 

“I welcome the further talks with hauliers today, on top of the local engagement our Jobcentre Plus (JCP) network is doing to assist people into this growing sector. I know via our JCPs we can greatly encourage more people to consider a career in the sector, and are already supporting them to develop the skills and experience needed to take these opportunities, including access to key training as part of our Plan for Jobs.” 

“Logistics UK and its members are keen to identify the next generation of the workforce and are grateful to Minister Davies for her time and enthusiasm to find ways to help the sector overcome the recruitment challenges it currently faces,” said Chris Yarsley, Policy Manager at Logistics UK, “The sector has been finding it hard to attract new recruits for many years, a problem which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, but we know that there are potential employees out there.  

“Encouraging new entrants into the profession is vital to solve this issue; we were so pleased Mims Davies MP met with Logistics UK and its member A.I.M Commercial Services Ltd, along with seven other logistics businesses, to discuss how government and industry can work together to overcome the barriers to recruitment and help raise awareness of HGV driving as an accessible and attractive career for all.” 

At the start of the pandemic, there was a shortfall of at least 76,000 HGV drivers and with the additional loss of EU workers who have returned home, the industry estimates that this number is now higher than that.   

Allison Kemp, Managing Director of A.I.M Commercial Services Ltd and Chair of Logistics UK’s influential Road Council, commented: “It was great to have the opportunity to meet the Minister.  I sincerely hope this meeting is another piece in the jigsaw to help find solutions and finally resolve this long-standing shortage issue for our sector.” 

*www.logistics.org.uk/skills

Published On: 15/07/2021 16:00:00

 

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SKILLS WEBINAR RECORDING AVAILABLE

Nearly 60 members attended the accessing funding for logistics skills webinar on Tuesday (13 July 2021). Run jointly by Logistics UK with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Department for Education (DfE), the member briefing focused on potential routes available for operators to recruit and train for key logistics roles and HGV drivers in particular. A recording of the webinar is available for members online. 
https://logistics.org.uk/memberbriefings21

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