Transport Industry — Undervalued, Understood and Understaffed

December 2001
Logistics & Transport Focus;Dec2001, Vol. 3 Issue 10, p4
Trade Publication
The article reports on the publication of the recommendations of the Freight Transport Association (FTA) on skills and staff shortages titled 'Solving the Skills Shortage - An FTA Report on the Skills Crisis in Transport.' There is a need for the industry to recruit up to 80,000 new lorry drivers, up to 2003, in addition to those required to offset natural staff turnover. The FTA believes that over 40 percent of transport firms believe they have a shortage of management skills. The report draws together labor force data, original FTA research and the outputs of its conference on the skills crisis held in Birmingham, England in 2001. While there are actions requires of the government of Great Britain, including the clarification and better targeting of funding for transport training, the report concludes that, overwhelmingly, industry must help itself. Financial rewards need to be at levels that make employment attractive, but pay alone is not the answer.


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