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Home > News > January 2005 > 18-Jan-2005

Skills for Logistics develop 'Professional Development Stairway'

Skills for Logistics, the Sector Skills Council for the freight logistics industries, is developing the 'Professional Development Stairway' - a tool which aims to help employers identify skills gaps and enable the development of industry relevant qualifications and training schemes.

"As logistics is key to so many industry sectors, current skills shortages and gaps impact all aspects of UK industry and ultimately the economy," said Dr Mick Jackson, Director of Skills Development at Skills for Logistics. "The stairway will benefit UK industry by providing a clear career path for those in the industry as well as new recruits.

"It will also act to increase staff retention, focus funding and provide a specific dialogue for training providers, making the supply of training both relevant and of a consistent standard. The stairway can be used to communicate skills and training requirements amongst the four major players in the skills development arena – employers, employees, government and training and education providers."

Working with logistics industry employers, Skills for Logistics has already established a generic PDS which is being tested across 11 different supply chains.

The consultation phase of this project is currently underway and will be completed by June 2005. This phase involves a series of both generic and supply chain sector specific workshop sessions to identify needs and correlate training to different levels of the stairway.

Employers wishing to get involved in the consultation phase should contact Dr Mick Jackson at Skills for Logistics.

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