Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Secret of Recruitment in Freight and Logistics Lies in Recruiting Young Talent

John Good Shipping Says a Better Public Image Must be Supported by Effective Apprentice Schemes
Shipping News Feature

UK – An industry crying out for new talent at every level, logistics needs to solve its own recruitment problems using innovative means. Besides the obvious need to raise the profile of an industry which remains a mystery to many of the job seeking general public, this can also be achieved with an aggressive approach to training, and there are those in the shipping and forwarding community who seem to be getting it right. The John Good Group may have begun work in the 1830's but in 2014 it reinvigorated its approach to new staff with a national apprenticeship programme.

This year saw another successful recruitment with a further seven apprentices having joined the John Good Group to begin careers in the shipping and logistics profession. The modern programme is UK-wide, and the latest apprentices have joined the business in Hull, Manchester, Felixstowe and London and Alan Platt, Chief Executive Officer of the John Good Group, commented;

“I’m personally involved in youth work and education in the Hull region and am always very keen to attract good, young talent into our business to build a workforce for the future. It is fantastic to see young people flourish and develop a career.”

Since its inception the programme has gone from strength to strength. The business remains passionate about the opportunities a career in shipping and logistics can bring, while developing essential skills and lifelong careers and nurturing young talent is something one of the UK’s longest established family businesses takes very seriously. Seamus Jennings, Managing Director of John Good Shipping, added:

“Almost all of the apprentices who have started with the business over the past four years are still working for the Group and contributing positively to the growth of our business. Our apprentices experience all aspects of the business and the roles within it to give them a detailed insight into the world of shipping and logistics, allowing them to start a rewarding career.”

Photo: Three of the latest intake, from left to right: Sophie Woolston, Ellie Lammiman and Charlie Taylor at the John Good Group Head Office in Hull.