Thursday, May 23, 2019

Route Into Professional Warehousing as Staff Shortage in Logistics Continues

e-learning Can be a Cheap and Effective Method to Grasp the Basics
Shipping News Feature
UK – With the shortage of qualified and suitably trained staff in virtually every part of the logistics industry, from HGV drivers to freight forwarders, the national bodies responsible for their own particular sectors are all trying to provide suitable tools to assist those wishing to enter the profession. Now the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) has provided an easy to use, low cost, introductory, on line course of its own.

The new e-learning course in Warehousing Fundamentals from UKWA offers a comprehensive introduction to the basics in just 4 sessions of 30 minutes each, with a questionnaire at the end of each session to prove competency and with a certificate on completion.

Describing the programme as short and effective, the UKWA says that e-learning is an increasingly popular route to training, particularly among young people. The ability to complete the course within just two hours overall, makes it minimally intrusive during working hours and it can also be integrated effectively into a company’s induction training too.

The new course is delivered by Logistics Learning Alliance in partnership with the UKWA and can be completed independently, with a learning platform created by Upskill People e-learning. It forms part of a comprehensive training programme offered by UKWA, which includes Warehouse Manager and Warehouse Supervisor CPC (Certificate of Professional Competency) courses, recognised across the sector as setting industry standards.

Warehouse Fundamentals covers all the essentials required for working in, and understanding the mechanics and processes of a warehouse, it costs just £75 + VAT and will provide an employer with evidence of both professional interest and a degree of competence at a reasonable cost.

Photo: A modern automated warehouse can be more than a little daunting. Inside part of UKWA member John Lewis, Magna Park operation.