Labour Shortages Conference

Online delegate pack 


Skill Report

Sally Gilson, Head of skills and Welsh Policy

FTA’s annual Skills Report identifies trends in the logistics workforce – this session will examine 2019’s key findings, including a first look at the future of logistics, and the potential skills which will be required by the industry.

Click here to download the latest FTA Logistics Skills Report  2019


Changing perceptions: attracting young talent into logistics

Ruth Edwards, Business Development Director, Talent in Logistics

Talent in Logistics’ recent studies have identified the challenge which an ageing population will pose to the industry’s businesses in the future. This session will discuss the organisation’s latest research findings, as well as identifying methods businesses can use to engage with the workforce of tomorrow.


Engaging with local communities

Kerrie Salisbury, Future Talent Advisor, AO Logistics

Becky Lawes, Former apprentice, AO Logistics

In an impressive case study on local engagement, AO Logistics’ Kerrie Salisbury and Becky Lawes will share their learnings on establishing links between business and community to offer young people enterprise skills and encourage them to consider logistics careers in the future.


Investing in the future

Jason Greaves, Operations Director, Manpower

With the driver shortage reaching critical levels in some areas, Manpower and Specialised Training Services will share key learnings from their work to change perceptions of the logistics industry, and how they attract, train and deploy skilled drivers to help reverse the decline in employee numbers.


Activity: logistics workshop

Ian Nichol, Head of Logistics, Think Logistics

Learn how logistics companies can engage directly with young people via the Think Logistics project, exciting them about careers in logistics and developing future talent pipelines. The workshop will also provide a chance to see new Department for Transport-funded Think Logistics videos aimed at employers and young people for the first time.


Recruiting young people – It’s not as hard as you think

Adam Waters, Director Digital Content, Training, and Forces Media Academy, BFBS

A practical, plain English workshop giving tips and ideas for how to run effective campaigns to help recruit young people. No jargon, no buzzwords, just simple ways to get you thinking differently about comms.


Tapping into a unique talent pool

Daren Thomas, Sales Executive Commercial Strategy & Development, BFBS

Simon Osbourne, Director of Ex Forces Information Services

The British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) media platforms and staff offer companies unique access and insight on how to engage with the Armed Forces community, through TV/radio/ online/social media. This session will show how business can use these platforms to attract and retain already skilled employees into commercial vacancies in “Civvy Street.” FTA members will get a special discount for vacancy posts on, by using the code FTA10.


Building a campaign online

Emma Coleman, Client Partner, Havas People

How can logistics attract new talent to the sector? Havas People shares details of its award-winning campaign, which used social media to attract new employees to Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Services – a sector which faces similar employment challenges to our own.


Diversity in Logistics - Achieving balance in business

Philip Martin 


Year of Diversity – How to diversify your workforce

Jennifer Swain, Head of Resourcing, Clipper Logistics PLC

To celebrate DFT’s Year of Diversity in Logistics, Clipper Logistics will share details of its Fresh Start campaign, which has attracted 120 new employees since July 2018.