Bell speaks at CILT Lunch

Beverley Bell FCILT, Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain and CILT’s new President in the UK, asked guests at the Annual President’s Inauguration Lunch: ‘Why don’t people want to work in our industry?’ Beverley addressed the need to improve and raise the profile of the logistics and transport industry in order to attract more young people to join the profession. She spoke of a need to challenge the stereotypes placed on our industry and said more should be done to champion the great work being done every day.

Beverley outlined the themes of her Presidency, which includes recognising the skills gap. She highlighted that by 2020 the logistics and transport industry will need another 1.2m workers and said more must be done to recruit them. Training was another issue, she demanded that we ‘must invest in our employees’ and told guests that the industry’s record of training people was low and that this needs to be addressed. Finally, she said the Institute must increase membership as well as increase training services. Over £900 was raised at the lunch for CILT’s charitable careers foundation, Aspire.

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