With an overall mission to encourage logistics businesses to focus on their people strategies, Talent in Logistics creates platforms where HR, L&D, Training & Operational professionals can grow their expertise. Their aim is to address skills challenges by promoting people development and engagement, thus helping these employers to retain exceptional staff and attract new talent.
As a close team of two, Ruth Edwards Business Development Director and Jordan Dalziel Marketing & Events Assistant, also support the recognition of blue-collar workers who are central to the success of the supply chain. With 49% of the logistics workforce either unqualified or qualified below level 2, skills shortages and lack of training are affecting the ability of the sector to grow and develop as quickly as it might.
Ruth and Jordan want to help the sector with this and improve the knowledge and perception of our vital sector.
With this in mind, one of the best ways Ruth and Jordan contribute to attracting, developing and engaging talent into the sector is via their conference and awards programme. The annual events calendar is a chance for HR, L&D, Training & Operational professionals to come together to develop themselves professionally and explore ways of tackling these challenges, as well as celebrating the overall success of their workforce.
Throughout the business, Talent in Logistics’ overarching themes are Attract, Develop and Engage, therefore the events’ conference sessions, award categories and marketing activities all align with these key messages. Their events schedule also plays host to the live Forklift Operator and LGV Driver competitions, which are designed to highlight the UK’s most skilled operators and drivers who are often forgotten heroes.
Ruth and Jordan are both keen to make these events the best within the sector to ensure each attendee is left feeling rewarded, recognised, supported and engaged to progress along their career journey.
As well as putting on these events, they work to be the go-to voice of the sector by offering research and thought-leadership, providing tools and creating discussions to help employers champion those within the sector. Via their online ‘Knowledge Hub’ they share case studies to encourage flexible working, youth employment and employee engagement.
The team also recently launched the ‘Changing Perceptions: Attracting Young Talent into Logistics whitepaper. This takes a detailed look at the image problem facing the sector and the actions companies can take to recruit those from younger and more diverse backgrounds. Based on their own unique research, the fact-based paper has scores of insight as well as plenty of useful recommendations to help logistics businesses. Along with the launch of the whitepaper, they also released a ‘Logistics Myth Buster’ and ‘Career Guide’ which can be downloaded to further promote careers within the sector.
New for 2019, the team have also launched the Talent in Logistics Journal. Available online and in print this publication will provide strategic insight for senior level people in multi-modal logistics businesses and professional training providers serving the sector. The publication offers truly independent perspectives on the people issues facing the logistics sector today.