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Open day for employers to discuss logistics skills training and funding opportunities

Skills for Logistics (SfL), the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the
UK’s freight logistics industries, and the National Skills Academy for
Logistics (NSAL) are holding a joint open day for employers at SfL’s
Milton Keynes offices on Thursday March 1st, 2012.

The purpose of the event is to enable employers in the logistics
sector to learn more about the range of Logistics programmes,
including apprenticeships available across the sector. Key SfL and
NSAL personnel will also be on hand to advise employers on how best to
access Government subsidies to sit alongside their own investment in
skills within their business.

Both SfL and NSAL have recently received significant public funding to
revolutionise the way skills training and development is procured and

"Some of the biggest and most successful companies operating in the
logistics industry have realised that investing in skills training and
staff development leads directly to increased business efficiency,
whilst positioning them as employers of choice within their local
community. A more highly skilled workforce also has a positive effect
on reducing carbon emissions across a business," says Dr Mick Jackson,
Chief Executive Officer of Skills for Logistics.

He continues: "Like any other industry, in logistics there is a clear
link between a thriving business and a skilled workforce. Training is
not about altruism, it is about the essential policy of any
organisation to invest in its leading asset – the skills of its

"We are an employer-led organisation, working to ensure that
government policy on skills and training reflects the needs of
logistics employers across the UK and we look forward to welcoming
employers in the sector to our Milton Keynes offices on March 1st."

With the support of the Skills Funding Agency the National Skills
Academy for Logistics is being shaped to meet the needs of employers
ambitious to build capability in their organisations by ensuring they
have the skilled workforces they need to compete in domestic and
global markets. The Academy will meet this requirement by providing
employers with access to a quality assured national network of
logistics skills training and development providers. "The academy will
transform the way logistics employers source training and develop
their workforce in the future" says Daryl Keyworth, Head of Operations.

The combined Skills for Logistics and National Skills Academy for
Logistics employers’ open day takes place at:

12 Warren Yard,
Warren Farm Office Village,
Milton Keynes
MK12 5NW.

To ensure that those wishing to attend the event can do so without
losing time from their working day, the open day is split in to
morning and evening sessions: the morning session commences at 07.00
and concludes at 10.00 while the evening session starts at 16:00 and
closes at 20:00.

For further details contact Skills for Logistics directly by telephone
on 01908 313360 or by email to: elaine.dimond@skillsforlogistics.org

Skills for Logistics is planning further employer open days at other
locations across the UK throughout 2012 and details of these will be
announced in due course.

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