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Last chance to book – FTA Skills Summit 2016

Last chance to book – FTA Skills Summit 2016

Attract, Recruit, Retain – FTA’s Skills Summit to explore issues including driver shortage, the image of the logistics industry and public perception – comes to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry next Thursday (17 March).

A few FREE places are still available for the event, which follows the success of last year’s Driver Crisis Summit that attracted more than 600 delegates. There is currently a shortage of 45,000 HGV drivers across the country and a recent survey of FTA members highlighted problems recruiting engineers, technicians and warehouse staff too.

James Hookham, FTA’s Deputy Chief Executive, said: “There has been a slight improvement since last year’s event, but more needs to be done to professionalise the logistics industry and improve its image to make it a more desirable and aspirational place to work.

“The summit will build on the success of last year, helping employers to develop strategies for recruiting and retaining staff. We’ll also look at the results of FTA’s public perception survey about the road transport sector and explore what can be done to ‘sell’ it to the public.”

The all-day event features a filmed keynote speech by entrepreneur and Skills Show patron Theo Paphitis and an afternoon of masterclasses hosted by a variety of industry experts focusing on attracting new talent from specific sectors including school leavers, armed service leavers, EU workers and NEETS (young people not in education, employment or training); and retaining the skills that organisations currently have.

To register for a free place at the Logistics Skills Summit, please visit the FTA website www.fta.co.uk/events

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