Northern Ireland faces critical skills shortage

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The Northern Irish logistics sector needs to address a critical skills shortage to remain competitive, says Skills for Logistics (SfL), the Sector Skills Council for the UK freight logistics industries. SfL says it has identified a higher-than-average number of vacancies among Northern Irish employers

John Bowman, policy director of SfL says: “At times of peak demand this year, there will be an estimated UK shortage of 15,000 LGV drivers, with the potential cost to businesses running into hundreds of millions of pounds. We believe Northern Ireland could be one of the worst affected places, with employers already reporting higher figures for all types of vacancies compared to other parts of the UK.”

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