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National logistics skills academy gets £3.25m of government funding

Published to the CV Show website on
08/07/2011

Chris Druce
Tuesday 05 July 2011 16:00

The National Skills Academy for Logistics has cleared its final hurdle today (5 July)) after receiving long-awaited funding from the government.

Although the academy, which will function as a 'one-stop-shop' for employers' training enquiries and needs, was given the go ahead in principle last year, its board members have been waiting for today's commitment of up to £3.25m of government funding to put their business plan into action.

It means the academy is on course to formally launch in October 2011 with additional match-funding from employers, and will be fully operational by autumn 2012.

A key objective of the orgainsation through its licensed partners programme will be to boost the standard of training provision available to logistics employers as the industry heads towards the Driver CPC deadline in 2014, helping weed out cowboy providers.

Paul Brooks, chairman of Skills for Logistics (SfL), which will work closely with the academy, says: "Efficient logistics operations are vital for both the growth of the economy and for servicing the daily needs of industry and the consumer. It is essential that we develop skills in our personnel in order that we further improve the high quality of our transport and logistics operations."

Dr Mick Jackson, chief executive of SfL, adds: "The key role of the National Skills Academy for Logistics is to raise the quality of logistics training, improving the skills of the existing workforce and promoting the sector as a potential career of choice for young people."

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