The Tees Valley Logistics Academy is working with some of the region’s biggest employers to help put the spotlight on logistics.
Their aim is to help raise awareness of the industry among young people while providing training opportunities that respond to the real demands of the sector.
It’s not a quick fix. After all there are currently 2.3m people employed in logistics in the UK, but the demographic profile of those in the industry means within the next 15 years 50% will have retired.
Michael Duffey, who is heading up the academy, in collaboration with Stockton Riverside College, said: “We want to equip people with the skills to start their careers, to inspire a new generation of logistics managers and leaders, and plug some of the skills gaps.”
For despite being an essential element of almost every other industry, when it comes to young people planning their future careers, opportunities in logistics are often overlooked.
The Tees Valley Logistics Academy started as an awareness-raising programme for 16 to 18-year-olds offered at the college in partnership with Career Ready and PD Ports.
Michael said: “Working closely with industry employers and hearing about the wider needs of the sector led to the introduction of an advisory board and ultimately the academy was formed.”
It now works towards six key strands of area development: school engagement, the Career Ready programme, pre-employment and skills, apprenticeships, commercial training and higher education.
Michael said: “It has been a successful first year and this is just the beginning.
“As well as continuing our work with the Career Ready programme and increasing logistics apprenticeship start-ups, we have launched our first sector-based work academy, helping to support the unemployed back into work by giving an underpinning knowledge of the industry.
“But most significantly, we are serving the real needs of employers, providing bespoke commercial training and higher education to enable them to invest in their current workforce.”
The Tees Valley Logistics Academy is currently recruiting for experienced logistics trainers to support the academy’s growth. To find out more or to have your say as part of their employer advisory board, get in touch by emailing TeesValleyLogistics@stockton.ac.uk or on Twitter @TVLogisticsAcad Visit: www.stockton.ac.uk/tvla/