Skills for Logistics lands £1.14m grant


Skills for Logistics (SfL) has been awarded £1.14 million, under the third phase of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills’ Employer Investment Fund (EIF3), to deliver a programme for transition from military to civilian logistics for up to 1,000 people leaving the armed forces.

Through its EIF3-funded Military Transitions to Logistics programme, SfL will provide a route into the sector for ex-armed forces personnel, principally through existing and newly established Local Logistics Community Networks (LLCNs). 

Mick Jackson, CEO of Skills for Logistics, said: “The sector has a requirement for skilled labour, particularly to fill acute driver shortages. Skilled labour exists within the armed forces, but does not or cannot transfer effectively into civilian job roles. It is this market failure we seek to address.

“Of the 25,000 apprenticeships awarded in the sector between August 2004 and July 2011, 12,000 were to apprentices in the armed forces. SfL’s solution will ensure these logistics skills transfer into the sector by providing service leavers – who already possess formal qualifications and relevant military experience – with the necessary work experience, on-the-job training, interview practice and formal interview feedback to better equip them for a career in the civilian world.”

Via the EIF3 investment, the SfL strategy includes developing information advice and guidance  tools specifically aimed at service leavers and their subsequent employers; developing a framework for work placements including employer-led and delivered civilian appropriate training for driving, warehouse, traffic office and logistics’ administrative roles; and establishing one new LLCN to test the roll-out of work placements, including on-the-job training and guaranteed interviews and feedback, as well as delivering the same in existing LLCNs.
Jackson added: “These steps will transform our sector, providing a bridge between employers and skilled ex-service personnel, delivering 1,000 work placements by the end of the programme, and 5,000 by 2016, with 250 employers committed to the programme.”