Hit the road with a new career in the logistics sector moving goods around the globe

IF you are not getting job satisfaction, it could be time to hit the road.

The logistics sector is responsible for moving goods around the globe and contributes £120.7BILLION to the UK economy every year.

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There’s a severe shortage of drivers and other workers in the logistics and warehouse sector[/caption]

But a new report from industry body Talent In Logistics warns of a severe staff shortage.

Only eight per cent of youngsters regard it as an attractive career option and almost half don’t even know what logistics means.

Figures show just nine per cent of the current UK workforce of 2.2million in the transport, logistics and warehousing sector, is aged 25 or under, so it has now launched a drive to attract more younger staff, as well as career-switchers, mothers and black, Asian and minority  ethnic people employees.

Ruth Edwards, business manager of Talent in Logistics, explains: “The public’s perception of logistics is  the biggest problem that is facing the sector when trying to recruit new talent.

TOPPED UP

“We want to make sure young people are aware of the  amazing opportunities and career paths  that are available.”

One of the key jobs   is HGV- driving — with new recruits earning a similar salary to the average university graduate at entry level.  First-year HGV drivers typically earn between £18,500 and £22,000, while graduates in 2018 received starting salaries of £19,000 to £22,000.

A highly experienced HGV driver can expect a salary of up to £35,000 a year and wages can often be topped up with overtime.

Wincanton is one of the main recruiters, with 200 driver roles currently available.

Claire Alexander, the firm’s talent and development director, says: “Wincanton is on a drive for recruiting the best and developing talent wherever possible.”

To apply, visit wincanton.co.uk/careers or you can write to driver.recruitment@wincanton.co.uk.

LOVING THE FLEXIBILITY

LEE BROADHURST was a self-employed builder for 26 years but switched career in 2013 to find job security.

He’s now a driver with logistics firm Wincanton.

Lee, 54, from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset,  said: “I never thought I would be  driving for a living, but   I absolutely love  it.

“The job is not nine-to-five, it’s really varied and I like having flexibility.

“My rota works out at around 17 days’ working each month, so I have lots of time to do other things and spend time with my family.

“I started at Wincanton via an agency but realised straight away that this was a good fit for me. After a few weeks, I was offered a permanent job, which I took.

“I like that every single day is different, every single job is different, and every customer is different.

“A job as a driver can be what you want it to be. Wincanton will help you qualify if you don’t have the right licence and you can always go down another route and do something like tanker driving.

“It’s a world of opportunity and I would urge anyone looking for a career change or new job to consider it.”


Job Spot

PRIORY HEALTHCARE has 400 jobs to fill including  bank nurses, chefs and support workers. See jobs.priorygroup. com/vacancies/.


Ways to project a big idea

GOT a bright idea to boost your business? Then learn how to sell it to the boss.

Author  Alf Rehn reveals how to get your projects chosen.

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He says says: “It can be murder to get an old boss to accept a new idea, but with the right guidance you can sell your brainstorm – before someone else does it.”

  • MAKE IT SIMPLE:  Explain your idea  in language a child – or even your boss  – can understand. Practice your pitch  by running through your selling points and possible objections.
  • SHOW THE VALUE: To convince someone, it’s not enough that an idea is new or cool. Show the value it generates, in earnings or savings. But don’t overpromise.
  • ASK FOR HELP: By asking for help rather than presenting the idea as already finished, you make your boss feel valued and included.
  • CRITICISM ISN’T YOUR ENEMY: Accept it as a necessary part of developing your idea into something  bigger and better.
  • HAVE A PURPOSE: Know why you are pushing the idea and make it part of something greater – be it sustainability, or a new way to connect with clients.
  • DON’T GIVE UP: No matter how good your idea is, you won’t always succeed. Don’t let this get you down – buckle up, rework, and try again.
  • Alf Rehn’s  Innovation For The Fatigued: How To Build A Culture Of Deep Creativity, published by Kogan Page Inspire, £14.99,  is out now.

 

BACKSTAGING POST

ARE you ready for the next stage of your career? Then why not land a role in theatreland.

London theatres have teamed up with job centres for the   Theatre Diversity Action Plan  to increase job opportunities for BAME (black, asian and minority ethnic) candidates.

The scheme is being backed by theatre union Bectu. Its chief,  Philippa Childs, says: “We aim to find new talent and encourage skills transfers from people from diverse backgrounds.”

Vacancies, which typically cover backstage roles such as technical, lighting, front of house, costume, administration and stagehands, will be available at  job centres across the capital encouraging people from diverse backgrounds with relevant skills. See jobcentreplusoffices.com/london/stockwell-jobcentre-plus for more details.


Job Spot

FURNISHING giant DFS has jobs across the UK including sales, warehouse and service upholstering specialists. Visit dfscareers.co.uk/.


Grape escape

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The pay isn’t great but the idyllic life of working on a vineyard attracts most clicks on recruitment sites[/caption]

IT pays just £15,000 a year, but “vineyard worker” is the most clicked-on job on recruitment sites.

Analysis of more than 1.1 million job ads found the idyllic outdoor role came out top –  despite paying just half the average UK salary,  a new survery has found.

In second place was “electrical mate”, followed by “animal handler” then “oil rig operative”.

Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna, which carried out the study, says: “Workers are rejecting the traditional nine-to-five office job to search for something more fulfilling.”



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