The United Kingdom Warehousing and Skills for Logistics have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on the development of a series of nationally recognised qualifications for the logistics industry.
The organisations will co-operate on a series of joint activities that will lead to the development of long term sustainable initiatives that reflect and address the changing skills development needs of the sector.
Dr Mick Jackson, chief executive officer, of Skills for Logistics, said: “Now more than ever it is important that organisations in the warehousing supply chain acknowledge the importance of up-skilling their workforces to maintain a competitive edge through difficult economic times.”
And UKWA chief Roger Williams said: “Despite much of the excellent work undertaken by Skills for Logistics in recent years, there remains a gap between the needs of warehouse operatives and managers and the current training and qualifications available from existing training providers.
“By working closely together, Skills for Logistics and UKWA hope to focus on the common logistics-related skills development issues. We will look to do this through influencing policy makers and opinion formers to increase both public and private funding of training.”