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Green light for National Skills Academy for Logistics

By: Chris Taylor
06 July 2011

The government has approved plans for a National Skills Academy for Logistics, awarding the project a £3.25 million kick-start.

The long-awaited project will function as a 'one-stop-shop' for employers looking to develop their staff through world-class logistics training programmes, reports RoadTransport.com.

A formal launch will commence this October, and subject to match-funding from employers, the fully-operational academy will be ready by Autumn 2012.

One of the core objectives behind the centre is to boost the standards within the logistics industry by providing certified driver CPC training before the 2014 deadline. This should also 'weed out' any cowboy operators.

The skills minister John Hayes, who approved the development, said that his ambition is to build a skills training system that "unleashes the potential of sectors like logistics to be the best and most highly skilled in the world", according IFW-Net.com.

"By directly addressing businesses training requirements, from basic skills through to advanced leadership and management, the Skills Academy will provide effective, targeted support that seeds real opportunity and drives sustained growth," he said.

Joint Skills Academy project directors Simon Harper and Greg Cejer believe that this is a landmark development, stating that 1.94 million people are employed in the logistics sector by some 168,400 companies in England.

"The Skills Academy will bring government agencies, education providers and employers together, delivering world class training," they said. "It will build on the pilot work of the logistics skills academies which have been in place in a number of English regions."

"Logistics companies will be supported by the Skills Academy ensuring they are able to develop a skilled workforce through tailored training packages to meet the industry’s changing needs," they added.

Harper and Cejer also said that the proposal is well supported.  Over 70 sector employers, sector trade associations, providers and other stakeholders have given their blessings to the academy.

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