South Essex College targets supply chain staff shortages with its logistics courses

South Essex College targets supply chain staff shortages with its logistics courses

Amid the current driver shortage crisis in the UK, South Essex College has announced it is looking to remedy the problem by training large numbers of logistics professionals.

The college, located over three main sites in Basildon, Southend-on-Sea and Grays in Essex, says it is stepping in to offer a wide variety of courses to aid the industry and get more drivers out on the roads delivering goods.

In a statement, the college said individuals can upskill, retrain and start a new career with logistics modules that cover the following areas:

  • Traffic Office Manager programme
  • Driver CPC
  • LGV Driver Training (5 day practical course)
  • Introduction to LGV driving
  • Introduction to Express Courier
  • Forklift Truck practical training
  • ADR Dangerous Goods Driving

Commenting on the shortage and the college’s courses, Mark Bentley, Director of Operations at the college, said:

The shortage in commercial drivers is now becoming mainstream news, with a reputed 100k driver shortage across the UK. Recent events have contributed to this, however the momentum in getting to this point has been gathering pace for a number of years. It really is becoming the perfect storm for UK haulage operations. We can support organisations with apprenticeship opportunities, helping to recruit new drivers or upskilling current employees into driving roles. Along with other funding opportunities, it really is worth contacting us to see how we can help your business.

Meanwhile, Gerard Lewis, Logistics Commercial Lead, said:

For the past 18 months, Key Workers from the logistics sector have dedicated a great deal of time and effort into keeping the economy and country moving. As we begin to rise from the pandemic and the realisation of Brexit strikes home, many opportunities have arisen for individuals to retrain and gain much needed qualifications and skills. The driving industry has been hit particularly hard and needs new blood to help keep our shelves stocked, garages replenished, building materials moving to sites, essential services running and so much more.

The college adds that Individuals wishing to train in driving services and employers wishing to upskill their workforce should contact logistics@southessex.ac.uk for more information.


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