Careers in Logistics and Why There’s Never Been a Better Time to Join

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With school, sixth form and University leaving season upon us, thoughts for many are turning towards either careers, or the next step in their education.

As the supply chain sector continues to prosper in the UK and beyond, a greater number of staff and industry professionals are required to keep things running smoothly. With such a diverse range of opportunities available in the logistics sector there has never been a better time to embark upon a career in the industry.

In the sixth and latest Skills and Logistics Report from Logistics UK for 2020 it was discovered that vacancies in the industry are 75% above their average as of October 2020.

With such a shortage, a skills gap in staff trained to do higher skilled roles and recruitment issues, there is little wonder that the industry is hoping to level up the accessibility of training through things like proposed grants for HGV driver training, and the encouragement of the use of apprenticeships.

The next generation of logistics and supply chain professionals needs to be inspired to join our fast paced, rewarding industry and it must be recognised that they will bring new skills to the marketplace. As new technologies continue to become more apparent in our industry such as AI, robot automation and more complex and sophisticated warehouse management systems to optimise performance, new staff that are trained to install, manage and operate such systems will be critical.

In recent years, there has also been a drive to recruit more women into the sector, particularly at more senior levels. The small team at Carlton Forest 3PL has two ladies in senior positions; Diane Ward, Chief Operating Officer and Lisa Tomlinson, Head of Operations. Both have enjoyed several years in the industry from a young age.

“Logistics is a great industry to work in, fast-paced, ever-changing and with lots of scope for climbing the career ladder in a number of ways should you wish,” said Lisa. “With various routes into the profession, either by joining and working your way up with on-the-job training and qualifications, or by undertaking a degree in something like supply chain management, several of which are linked to business and logistics too, greater theoretical experience can be gained first.”

There are several professional bodes that support further training in the industry. The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is just one that offers a range of courses through independent providers across a wide spectrum.

Lisa concluded; “The last year has proved that the logistics and supply chain industry is a key industry that is required no matter what is happening in the wider world. It really can be an industry that you work in forever. It’s diverse nature and great range of opportunities across the world include 3PL, air and sea freight and global supply chain management. A career in the industry really is one to be embraced and now really is a great time to get involved.”

Further information about careers in logistics can be found by visiting https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/job-sectors/retail/why-choose-a-career-in-logistics-and-supply-chain-management and https://ciltuk.org.uk/Careers/Careers-Information/Career-Profiles/Manufacturing-Logistics