Newly opened logistics firm, Europa Worldwide Group, based at Regus House, Cambourne Business Park, Cambridge is supporting a new national logistics sector recruitment campaign.
The logistics sector is expected to have worker shortages of 400,000 by 2026, so the new campaign aims to change perception of the industry as well as providing a jobs portal.
Keeping food on the shelves and keeping the wheels of industry turning throughout Covid-19 and Brexit have shone a light on how fundamental logistics is to us all. Combine that with decarbonising the supply chain, and the shift to ecommerce, it’s clear why logistics is so critical to the country’s economy.
The first of its type, called “Generation Logistics” campaign is being co-ordinated by the trade bodies the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and Logistics UK, in partnership with the Department for Transport. For many years, logistics has been the “invisible secret” supporting the UK’s economic growth and development.
Europa itself is growing massively and has almost doubled its work force over the past nine years, now employing over 1,300 at sites across the UK and is currently recruiting for another 150 staff across the UK. The Cambridge branch, which is a recent addition to the Europa network having only opened at the start of May, is home to a fast-growing team in line with the rapid demand for logistics in the local area.
As well as recruiting, the company is focusing on recognising internal talent and is currently promoting one person every week.
By shining a spotlight on the skilled, complex nature of the UK’s interconnected logistics industry the campaign aims to attract, identify and develop a new and diverse generation of talent to fill vacancies industry-wide and future-proof the sector.
Tom Jenkins, Central Services Director at Europa Worldwide Group Comments: “It’s a time of huge recruitment challenges across our sector, right across the supply chain from customer service to drivers and warehouse operators, so it’s time to change perceptions and share the story of how essential our industry is. We are delighted to be joining forces with other industry leaders to support Generation Logistics to initiate much needed change.”
The Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP, commented, “I am proud to support the Generation Logistics campaign.
“Logistics is a vital sector to the UK economy. The pandemic has once again demonstrated the strategic importance of supply-chains and their associated workers. Their work to keep the UK moving was exemplary and I have nothing but admiration for those unsung heroes who keep the UK trading, keep food on our shelves and provide our factories, shops, hospitals and schools with the supplies they need. Logistics workers make a substantial difference to our lives, every day.
“However, we have a new challenge facing us as we look to the future of freight. We need to attract a diverse and skilled workforce to play a key part in a new exciting era transforming an industry at the forefront of innovation and technology. There are thousands of logistics roles available to people from all backgrounds, experience and skills. This campaign will showcase those opportunities in artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, autonomous vehicles and the decarbonisation of the supply chain.”
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