Training focuses on fast growth sector

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A new logistics training scheme has just been launched in West Lothian, an area of dynamic economic growth strategically located between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

West Lothian is a well-connected place to live and work. In fact, 60% of all Scots are only 60 minutes drive away from the area. Both the M8 and M9 motorways run through West Lothian, the area is just 30 minutes away from a main ferry link to mainland Europe and Scotland’s two main airports at Edinburgh and Glasgow airports are within a very short drive. Hardly surprising then that West Lothian is positioning itself as Scotland’s logistics hub.

The new training scheme builds on West Lothian’s many attractions for businesses who establish a base in the area, investing in the local workforce by focusing on enhancing existing distribution and warehousing skills. Trainees get two weeks of pre-employability training that includes team building, goal setting, IT skills, lifting and handling. It is wide-ranging and intensive, and tailored to the practicalities of working in logistics. Initial training is followed by a six-week work trial placement with employers.

The training and work experience mix is designed to give both trainee and employer the chance to get to know each other better. It is a great position for both to be in at the final stage of the programme when work trial employers offer their trial employees an interview with the prospect of full-time employment.

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