Thursday, January 19, 2012

Time for Ladies of Logistics to Get Their Skates On

Less Than a Month to Get a Name Down for the Best in the Industry
Shipping News Feature

UK - There is less than a month to go for the UK’s brightest female talent within transport and logistics to enter the MAN everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards, which champion role models and showcase the breadth of opportunities available to women. From freight drivers to Green Goddesses this is the chance for women in the logistics sector, whether in a shipping company or elsewhere in the supply chain, to achieve recognition.

Amidst headlines of economic downturn and youth unemployment, this sophisticated and complex sector offers an abundance of fulfilling career opportunities. With 2.3 million people employed in transport and logistics, a staggering one in eight of all workers, there are clearly numerous opportunities for women at all levels.

There is however a need to highlight these opportunities. Recent research undertaken at the everywoman in Transport and Logistics Leadership Academy revealed that 29% of the women polled had found a role in transport and logistics by chance and only 26% had made a conscious decision to enter the sector. However, 83% of the women surveyed said that the sector fulfils their career aspirations and that is why it is so important to shine the spotlight on this vibrant industry.

By setting out to champion success stories, creating ambassadors and female role models, these awards aim to attract and encourage more women to make it their sector of choice. However there are less than four weeks left to enter with nominations closing on the 13th February 2012.

Entries can be made online HERE and a glittering lunch and Awards Ceremony will be held at The Savoy in London on 17th May 2012 when the industry’s most successful women along with politicians, media and captains of industry will gather to honour outstanding female success. This year’s awards categories are:

Rising Star of the Year Award sponsored by Royal Mail - Awarded to the woman aged under 30 who has excelled in her career, making a valuable contribution to her organisation.

Commercial Driver of the Year Award sponsored by TNT - Awarded to the woman who is excelling in her role as a driver.

Director of the Year Award - Awarded to the female director who is excelling in her role.

Warehousing Award sponsored by DHL Supply Chain - Awarded to the woman that is excelling in her role within a warehousing environment.

Industry Trainer of the Year Award sponsored by Skills for Logistics - Awarded to an individual who is demonstrating best practice in training and is going beyond their line of duty to develop the skills of women coming into and working in the industry.

Green Champion Award sponsored by DHL Supply Chain - Awarded to an individual who has addressed and reduced the impacts of an operation on the environment and/or engaged employees in a Green agenda.

Team Leader of the Year Award sponsored by CEVA Logistics - Awarded to the woman leading a team to excel in a way that contributes greatly to the company’s success.

Woman of the Year Award - This award will be selected by the judges and given to one enthusiastic and dedicated woman whose vision, innovative approach and success make her an outstanding role model, encouraging more women to choose a career in Transport and Logistics.

Maxine Benson, MBE, Co-founder and Director of everywoman, comments:

“Transport and logistics play a vital role in society and is one of few areas showing consistent growth at a time of economic uncertainty. There are many opportunities for women and these awards seek to highlight this by shining the spotlight on those that are already succeeding within the sector. We encourage all organisations to identify and nominate their female talent thereby encouraging more to explore the opportunities offered.

“Not only are these awards a great way to reward existing success, but they also position participating organisations as those with serious career opportunities for women, helping them attract and retain the best female talent. This is a valuable opportunity to celebrate the role models that will inspire the talent of tomorrow.”

Des Evans, Chief Executive of MAN Truck and Bus UK adds:

“Once again it’s a great pleasure for MAN Truck & Bus UK to be sponsoring the everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards. Our association with these awards dates back to 2008 and we are delighted and proud to be asked to be part of their success in 2012. In our 20th year in the UK, MAN has a long established reputation of encouraging women to enter and excel in what by many is seen as a traditionally male dominated industry.

“However this perception is continuing to diminish fast as growing numbers of energetic, career minded women choose to make a new start in the transport and logistics sector. If the high standard of the previous years’ nominees and winners are anything to go by these awards are proof to all the women working within this sector of what can be achieved. Good luck to all this years entrants in their chosen category.”