HCUK Training, part of Hull College Group, is developing a unique qualification and training pathway for local and regional businesses and their employees. The purpose of this is to develop key logistics and supply chain skills which will add measurable business value and enhance individual career development.
It is estimated that in the period 2012-2020, there will be 87,000 vacancies in the UK Transport and Storage sector that will remain unfilled due to potential applicants not possessing the required soft skills. This will cost the sector £633 million, (at 2011 prices), in lost economic output.
HCUK Training’s Logistics Gateway, to launch in the New Year, aims to address this problem by adding value to business operations through the development of core skills in the workforce.
Emma Yorke, Managing Director of HCUK Training said: “The Logistics Gateway will offer more than just great courses – it will provide professional development and bespoke and standalone training to support individual business needs.
“The extent of investment around the Humber means there is a thirst for fresh talent and new energy to make those investments a success.
“There are some great opportunities both for individuals to build and progress their careers, but also for companies, all of which will be involved – to a greater or lesser extent – in logistics and supply chain activities, to gain competitive advantage by investing in their staff.”
HCUK Training has already made real impacts on operational efficiency. In 2013, a group of middle management students made operational savings of £172 000 in an Express Logistics organisation.
By 2020, the figure for lost economic output in England due to soft skill shortages is estimated at £6,477m, with the figure for Yorkshire and Humber estimated at £458m.
The Logistics Gateway will also offer ‘soft skills’ training in communication, performance management, interpersonal skills, decision-making and initiative-taking.