Friday, April 8, 2016

Logistics and Transport Education Programme Launched to Change Freight Job Perceptions

Partners Produce Suite of Resources for Schools
Shipping News Feature
UK – It seems everyone in the freight and logistics sector has woken up recently to the fact that the industry fails to present itself as a viable and valuable job option to anyone searching for a career. In addition to a lack of youngsters coming into the road haulage industry there are concerns that the lacklustre face of the whole supply chain from an employment point of view is resulting in too few, and too poor quality recruits. Now the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK (CILT), in collaboration with the Geographical Association, has produced a suite of logistics and transport resources for use in schools and educational environments to help the situation.

The pair have devised eight lesson plans, with accompanying material, launching the initiative at the Geographical Association’s Annual Conference in Manchester this week. The resources address a number of pressing issues through engaging enquiry questions that explore a range of aspects of transport and logistics.

The resources will develop greater geographical knowledge and understanding and encourage students to apply this knowledge in real world contexts. Participating students will also improve a range of skills that are important in the workplace including communication, numeracy, IT, problem solving and team work. Commenting on the launch, Kevin Richardson FCILT, Chief Executive, CILT, said:

”Working with our partners, the Geographical Association, we are pleased to be able to offer these resources to schools and the education sector. These resources will enable us to promote the vast and varied opportunities available in the logistics and transport profession to the younger generation and encourage more young people to choose a career in logistics and transport.”