The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has teamed up with The Prince’s Trust to help unemployed young people across the UK move into the logistics industry.
Along with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), through Aspire its careers foundation, and the DHL UK Foundation – FTA has invested in The Prince’s Trust Get into Logistics work experience programmes which will be run across the UK.
The Prince’s Trust Get into Logistics programme is a two-week intensive course that gives unemployed young people hands-on experience in the logistics industry, as well as developing their job skills, confidence and motivation.
The need for nurturing talent in the industry was reflected in FTA’s ‘2013 Logistics Report’, which outlined the necessity to recruit and retain talent, in order to attract and develop young people with the skills the industry requires.
Theo de Pencier, FTA Chief Executive said:
"FTA is delighted to be investing in The Prince’s Trust – Get into Logistics work experience programme. Logistics has often struggled to recruit and retain talent, as many don’t realise what a wealth of opportunities the industry has to offer. I have no doubt that this programme will help enhance those, and help nurture the talent of those young people who take part in it, ensuring they will develop their job skills giving them the confidence to succeed."
The young people undertake a work placement and take part in CV workshops and personal development classes. Once the programme comes to an end, they receive ongoing support for six months to help them retain their new job or to support them into one. The Princes Trust is looking to double the delivery of Get into Logistics programmes this year and aim to support over 200 young people through the programme this year alone.
Tim Slater, Chairman of The Prince’s Trust’s advisory group on Logistics, said:
"Too many young people feel that they will never reach their full potential. We are thrilled to be able to make a difference to the lives of young people in the UK and would like to hear from businesses that wish to support the project and can offer work placements so we can help many more."
Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.