An analysis by Colchester based awarding organisation Gateway Qualification, which aims to identify areas of the economy where skills gaps may exist, has found that the outlook for the procurement and logistics market is ‘generally positive’.
The assessment found that although there has been concern about a ‘skills mismatch’ in the sector, there are efforts being made to ‘close the skills gap and give logistics and procurement the recognition they warrant’.
Janet Ravensdale, who worked alongside Gateway Qualification on the project, said:
“As just one example, Warwick University identified in 2013 that 19 per cent of the logistics workforce occupies a management role against 13 per cent in the UK workforce at large and that 53 per cent hold at least a Level 3 qualification. That’s encouraging news and our analysis is that the trend is definitely in the right direction. We have made a commitment to support this area of the economy through the broader availability of our qualifications and to help close the skills gap over the next few years.”