08 May 2019
Volvo Trucks UK and Ireland has backed a new initiative designed to inspire young people to think about logistics and pursue a career in the sector.
The backing comes in the form of a three-year partnership agreement with Career Ready’s Think Logistics programme, which is being jointly funded by AB Volvo in Gothenburg.
Think Logistics is an award-winning, simple and time-effective programme encouraging organisations and individuals to engage with young people to inspire them about the logistics industry and arm them with appropriate skills and knowledge.
Amanda Hiatt, Marketing Director at Volvo Trucks said, “We are delighted to have launched a working partnership with Career Ready’s Think Logistics programme. Initially, many of our executives and senior management will support in rolling out seven different Think Logistics programmes, to schools, colleges and universities in and around the Midlands.”
She added, “This is a refreshing and exciting thing for us to do, which will help introduce young people to Volvo Trucks. In the longer term there may also be an opportunity to involve our dealer network in this initiative.”
Ian Nichol, Head of Logistics at Career Ready said, “Our fantastic new partnership with Volvo will allow Career Ready to offer the very best logistics-focused careers education to even more young people across the UK. Volvo, alongside our growing network of national employers from the logistics industries and Think Logistics group, are helping us invest in a diverse talent pipeline, our workforce of the future.
“Thanks to employers like Volvo, students on the Career Ready programmes receive valuable insight into the kind of jobs available in logistics direct from volunteer mentors from the sector. Alongside master classes and workplace visits – Career Ready and Volvo are opening doors to career opportunities most students won’t have considered before.
“As a result, more and more Career Ready students are choosing Degree Apprenticeship and School Leaver programmes with the employers who have supported them instead of going to university. Last year, 82% of our students said that, following their internship, they would consider working for their employer in the future.”