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 1 March.
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 supplied.
"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 workforce.
"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.
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.