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Logistics UK CEO writes to Welsh Minister for Economy as skills gap “urgently” needs addressing


With skills shortages in Wales continuing to be a barrier to economic success, Logistics UK’s Chief Executive, David Wells, has written to Vaughan Gething MS at the Welsh Government to request a meeting to discuss solutions to the issue and explore areas of potential collaboration.

“In September, Logistics UK hosted a roundtable event in Cardiff with industry leaders, which was attended by Deputy Minister Lee Waters, to discuss the Welsh Government’s upcoming Freight and Logistics Plan,” begins Wells in his approach to Minister Gethin. 

“A key element of that discussion was how government and industry can work in partnership to deliver the skilled workforce required for the logistics sector in Wales to thrive, to drive the Welsh economy and realise our shared ambitions.  

“Logistics UK and its members would value the opportunity to engage with Minister Gethin on the issue of current and future skill needs in the logistics industry,” says Wells. 

Logistics UK will continue to urge for practical and effective solutions to the skills shortage and keep you updated on Minister Gethin’s response.  

Read Logistics UK's full letter to Mr Gethin

Published On: 30/11/2023 14:30:00

 

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