Logistics Firm Juggles for Equality
To mark National Apprenticeship Week 2019, leading supply chain provider Panalpina championed the value of balance and equality in the workplace with a unique training workshop.
The workshop, comprised of both apprentices and their line managers, was aimed at teaching apprentices how to juggle the reality of their new working lives and included various activities, such as juggling, diabolo, devilsticks, poi spinning and hula hopping.
Working closely with Outsource, part of the Seetec group, Panalpina are a leading company for apprentices and strongly believe that balancing a career with your private life is a skill on its own. And with many of their younger apprentices having begun their qualification straight from leaving school, attaining this balance can be a greater challenge.
Katie Herdman, HR Director at Panalpina, said “From a business perspective, the apprentices help us breach the skill gap the logistics industry is experiencing. Brexit will create even more of a skill shortage and the development of our own talent pools is no longer a nice to have but a business imperative. From the apprentices’ perspective, apprenticeships are an opportunity to have a career rather than a job. Many school leavers now choose the apprenticeship path rather than the University route as they feel that they will be more “job ready” and therefore more “employable” at the end of their apprenticeship.”
With males historically outnumbering females within the logistics industry, Panalpina were also keen to show their support for International Women’s Day by promoting young females within the business and highlighting the struggle female apprentices face in kick-starting their career.
Deciding to hold the workshop as a way of “balancing” gender equality in a fun and light-hearted way, Panalpina is encouraging a new movement for women in logistics whilst still driving a key message around working as a young learner.
Nichola Hay, Director at Outsource comments “"It's been a great journey working with Panalpina and being able to support them in their workshop has been great fun. It’s certainly different and a great way to raise awareness about female apprentices and overall balance in the workplace. Seeing a company who values apprenticeships and the work they deliver, as well as encouraging a healthy balance in the workplace, is refreshing. We’re excited to continue building a strong partnership with the whole Panalpina team."
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