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Recession doing little to affect logistics training

By: Joe Elvin
18 May 2011

Money spent on driver training within the logistics industry has remained more or less consistent despite the pressures of the recession.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) came to the conclusion after issuing a survey regarding the levels of training to 600 logistics companies.  

The survey found that 63 per cent of logistics firms have either maintained or increased the amount spent on training in the last three years, which appears impressive considering the current economic climate.

Alisa Watson, who is project manager of the CILT careers foundation, told that logistics companies should treat the training of staff as they would any other business investment.

She said: "There should be an expectation that there will be a financial return on that investment.''

"Even in the toughest of economic environments, time and again we see an adequate training investment resulting in business survival and onwards to commercial profitability."

Despite the positive results concerning investment in driver training, report the survey also revealed that 40 per cent of those in logistics work are not being offered the level of training that they are looking for.

This suggests that there is still plenty of room for improvement in logistics training once the economic climate brightens.  

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