Gefco apprenticeRecent unemployment figures show that 767,000 young people in the UK, aged between 16-24 were unemployed in April to June 2014. Although this figure is down 102,000 on the previous quarter and 206,000 on the previous year, the unemployment rate is still 16.9% among young people. However, two of the countries leading logistics providers are doing their bit tackle the problem.

Gefco has recently announced the launch of a new apprenticeship scheme to attract new, young talent into the logistics industry. 

The programme will be available at 13 sites across the UK, and is targeting school leavers aged anywhere between 16 and 24. The apprenticeship will last two years, allowing apprentices to experience different aspects of the industry. A variety of roles and development opportunities are on offer: from transport office coordinators, to customer services and body-shop technicians. 

After completion of the two years, apprentices can begin a career at Gefco, or move onto the company’s graduate scheme. At Gefco’s Manchester, Coventry (pictured) and Sheerness sites, five school leavers have already joined the programme over the summer.

John Smith, HR director at Gefco UK told Automotive Logistics: “We consider apprenticeships an ideal vehicle for supporting young people to develop the skills and experience necessary to transition into full time employment and achieve a rewarding and fulfilling career in Gefco UK. We plan to expand our apprenticeship, graduate and internal development programmes as we see ensuring a strong pipeline of talent as key to the future of the business and wider industry.”

DHL has the military in its sights
Gefco’s is not the only programme recently launched in the UK aiming to offer opportunities to those stepping onto the logistics ladder. DHL, working with the Careers Transition Partnership (CTP), has recently announced the launch of its Military Employability Programme for drivers.

For members of the armed forces who have less than six months of service to run, DHL is offering a work placement. Commencing in October, up to 40 service leavers will undergo a five-day training programme, followed by 12 days at a DHL location. This will consist of commercial driving duties, employability skill development, and the possibility of a full-time position for those who pass the course. 

A spokesperson for DHL told Automotive Logistics that the company is always on the lookout for excellent drivers and Tim Slater, managing director of Transport UK&I at DHL Supply Chain said: “By providing this real-world experience before they [service personnel] leave service, we are aiming to help individuals make an informed decision about their future career options, culminating in the prospects of a full-time job with DHL for those who meet the required standard.”