Skills chief steps down

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Ian Hetherington, the chief executive of Skills for Logistics, is to take early retirement to pursue other interests. He has spent nearly fourteen years with the Road Haulage and Distribution Training Council and SfL – the sector skills council for the freight logistics industries.

Dr Mick Jackson has been appointed interim chief executive and will lead the organisation to re-licensing and beyond.

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Hetherington said: “While I am very sad to be leaving Skills for Logistics, I am confident that the business is in the hands of an outstanding team who will take the SSC successfully through the next important stages of development.”

Andrew Callaghan, chairman of SfL said: “Ian and I have worked closely together for the last five years and I would like to thank him for his contribution to the establishment of the Sector Skills Council and his role in supporting the Skills for Business Network. He brought a wealth of experience to the organisation and we wish him well for the future.”

Skills for Logistics’ programmes include work-based qualifications and Apprenticeships for a wide range of occupations across the sector, industry based degrees and school careers and curriculum materials demonstrating the importance of Logistics to the nation. Skills for Logistics has also developed the Professional Development Stairway this sets out a comprehensive framework from which emanates all training and learning for the freight logistics industries.

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