The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has praised the work of the Freight Transport Association (FTA) to attract the next generation of logistics workers.
Mr Grayling met FTA’s Chief Executive, David Wells, at The Skills Show in Birmingham today (16 November) and toured the organisation’s stand at the event.
There is a shortage of skilled workers across the logistics industry. The sector urgently needs 52 thousand truck drivers, along with engineers and specialist HGV technicians.
Mr Grayling said he was impressed by the work FTA has been doing to foster cooperation between employers, to address the skills shortage:
“The way in which the FTA is involved in this operation today, bringing the industry together to work on skills, is something that’s really valuable.
“There are times when haulage firms compete vigorously, but there are times when the industry needs to come together to find the next generation of skilled workers. That’s what’s happening here.”
Over the three days of The Skills Show at the Birmingham NEC, the FTA team will meet hundreds of young people to tell them about the varied and exciting career opportunities in the freight and logistics sectors.
Young people visiting the FTA stand can learn about the work of drivers, engineers and transport managers. They are able to take part in an interactive quiz; see inside the workings of an HGV diesel engine and take a selfie at the wheel of a state-of-the-art Volvo tractor unit.