The apprentices represented the haulage and freight distribution sector
The Logistics apprenticeship is the first of the new ‘earn as you learn’ apprenticeship delivering for the freight distribution and logistics sector. In its first year, the Logistics Apprenticeship had 2 apprentices competing in the Logistics competition at the Ireland Skills event.
The apprentices represented the haulage and freight distribution sector. Anna Gorecka, project manager for the Logistics Associate apprenticeship said that ‘ this was an ideal opportunity for our apprentices to compete in a national competition highlighting the sector in which they work and also highlighting the diversity and opportunities there are in the freight distribution & logistics sector that has embraced this new apprenticeship programme.’
Anna went on to say that ‘we have 27 apprentices on the first year of the 2 year level 6 programme attending TU Dublin School of Management Aungier Street, 25% of the cohort are women and their participation in this competition will offer great opportunities for the individuals but also for our industry to promote the opportunities in this vital industry to the Irish economy, we wish the competitors all the best and congratulate them for being trail blazzers and having the confidence to challenge themselves in this showcase for skills in Ireland’.
Ireland Skills and the support for employers in encouraging them to get more involved in training and education is vital to attract new entrants and provide solutions for the deepening skills shortage in an industry that is facing significant change as a consequence of Brexit. The apprenticeship programme now not only offers employers the chance to recruit new entrants but to also upskill existing employees in developing the awareness for this programme
Skills Shortages is becoming the buzz term within all business sectors and none more so within the freight distribution and logistics sector, where an acute shortage of ‘suitably skilled’ personnel is restricting growth opportunities. Employers are finding it difficult to fill vacancies.
The logistics associate apprenticeship was developed by TU Dublin along with a dynamic consortium made up of industry representatives and trade associations such as the Freight Transport Association Ireland (lead proposer), CILT, IIFA, IPICS and the institute of Shipbrokers. Like all new ‘earn as you learn’ programmes the industry need was demonstrated during the proposal and development phases of the project.
Key Benefits of the Logistics apprenticeship for employers:
– Builds loyalty amongst staff;
– Offers career progression opportunities;
– Helps with succession plans for businesses;
– The programme is built around work related experience and work specific projects.
– Attracts new entrants into the industry.
– By 2020 the government plans to have over 70 apprenticeship programmes in operation (currently there are 41 apprenticeship programmes) and 9,000 registrations for apprentices per annum.