The Freight Transport, Distribution and Logistics (FTDL) sector will need up to 15,500 extra skilled workers to 2020, according to a report launched today (18th February) by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs.
The report highlights the potential for warehousing and storage apprenticeship programmes and a need for the development of structured career paths, especially for lower skilled workers.
Addressing the Demand for skills in the Freight Transport, Distribution and Logistics sector in Ireland 2015-2020.
In order to respond to the skills challenges identified, 13 Priority Recommendations are made.
In order to respond to the skills challenges identified, 13 Priority Recommendations are made including:
- Developing National Occupational Standards for the FTDL sector to create career pathways in a range of roles including Warehousing and Storage, Freight Forwarding, and HGV Drivers
- Introduction of new Apprenticeship/Traineeship programmes for the FTDL sector – starting with HGV Driving and Warehouse and Storage.
- Development of a schools/career service communication kit for the sector
- Improved training provision for Freight Forwarders and Customs Brokers.
- Introduction of short IT user FTDL sector specific courses for lower skilled to management level
- Development of “soft skills” courses aimed at management level - most likely applicable for those that have “worked their way up”. Integrate into training/education provision at all levels.
- Boosting of third level relevant logistics related provision (in terms of numbers and relevant course content) and ensure practical experience.
- Ensuring the inclusion of a supply chain module in relevant business degree courses.
- Improved knowledge of the available range and quality of FTDL related courses
- Development of a lead centre for 3rd level institutions that deliver FTDL programmes as a point of first contact for industry. A centre such as DIT may be well placed to undertake this lead role. The centre should collaborate with SOLAS on developing progression pathways
The sector is of strategic and operational importance for business within Ireland across all sectors of the economy. The key aim of the report is to ensure that the sector will have the quality and quantity of skills to meet the skills challenges and opportunities identified up to 2020.
There are an estimated 48,800 persons employed in core FTDL occupations in 2015. These roles are spread across a range of sectors within the economy including transportation and storage, manufacturing and retail and wholesale trade.
Forecasts reported anticipate some 13,500 to 15,500 job vacancies could become available up to 2020, largely due to expansion and replacement demand.
The full report, Addressing the Demand for skills in the Freight Transport, Distribution and Logistics sector in Ireland 2015-2020, and its recommendations are available here.
To get a glimpse into careers in this sector, take a look at what a Warehouse Manager does.
The CareersPortal Team