Logistic Leaders Meet in Belfast to Discuss Future of Industry
Senior officials from the logistics industry gathered at Belfast Castle on Thursday 22nd November for a seminar to discuss the role apprenticeships can play in the future of the sector.
The British International Freight Association (BIFA), partnered with Seetec Apprenticeships Northern Ireland and Outsource Training (part of the Seetec group) to host the event. They have previously warned businesses in Northern Ireland that they face a skills shortage if they ignore the potential apprenticeships offer. The seminar focused on the steps companies can take to implement apprenticeships into their business strategy.
Nichola Hay, Director of Outsource training, (pictured below) was one of those who spoke at the event. She said: “It is no secret that industries in the north face a skills shortage if they don’t embrace opportunities that apprentices provide them. The logistics, freight and transport sectors are not immune from this and it is vital we provide businesses with the necessary tools to integrate apprenticeships into their business plan. The seminar was the first step to helping firms understand the potential having apprentices on board can have to their workforce. We know with Brexit looming there will be an increased need for knowledge and skills in customs operations and what better way to prepare ahead of this by investing in early talent now.”
Carl Hobbis, Training Development Manager at BIFA, added: “A key part of guiding young people to a career in our sector is by promoting the industry and career opportunities within it. We encourage our members to connect with local schools, colleges and community groups to promote and support this new offering wholeheartedly. It is important we champion the profession while making it an attractive choice for apprentices to learn their craft.”
To find out more about apprenticeships for the logistics industry in Northern Ireland contact 028 9030 3998.