£4m funding for logistics skills projects

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Skills for Logistics is to receive almost £4m in funding for employment projects for two years starting in April next year.

The money is part of a £61 million investment in employment led projects announced by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

Skills minister John Hayes said that those sector skills councils which had successfully bid for funding, including Skills for Logistics, had demonstrated strong employer leadership on how best to address the skills issues constraining growth in the sector.

Skills for Logistics will receive £3,955,366 to provide support for employers during the period from April 2012 through to March 2014.

Dr Mick Jackson, chief executive officer of Skills for Logistics, said: “SfL will work with the nine leading trade associations and professional institutes and the leading pace-setting employers, both large and small, to ensure that this funding is spent wisely to improve the professional image of logistics, and the skills levels of the 2.2 million people who work within the industry. We will make the logistics sector a leading career of choice, rather than a job of last resort as it is presently sometimes seen.”

And Paul Brooks, SfL chairman, and sales director of Unipart Logistics, said: “The £4 million UKCES investment announced today for SfL is a clear indication of the recognition by governments across the UK of the importance of logistics and wholesaling to the economy and its recovery.”

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