Skills for Logistics has been awarded £1.14 million, under the third phase of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills’ Employer Investment Fund, to deliver a programme for transition from military to civilian logistics for up to 1000 people leaving the armed forces.
It will provide a specific route into the sector for ex-armed forces personnel, principally through existing and newly established Local Logistics Community Networks.
Mick Jackson, CEO of Skills for Logistics said: “The sector has a requirement for skilled labour, particularly to fill acute driver shortages. Skilled labour exists within the Armed Forces but does not or cannot transfer effectively into civilian job roles. It is this market failure we seek to address.”
SfL reckons that almost half of the 25,000 apprenticeships awarded in the sector between August 2004 and July 2011 were to apprentices in the Armed Forces.
The aim is to ensure these logistics skills transfer into the sector by providing service leavers – who already possess formal qualifications and relevant military experience – with necessary work experience, on-the-job training, interview practice and formal interview feedback to better equip them for a career in the civilian world.