Think Logistics, the DAF Trucks-backed drive to encourage 16-19-year-olds into a career within the transport and logistics sector, reports significant progress in expanding its profile and attracting even greater numbers of youngsters to its workshops. Through an increase in sponsorship, Think Logistics has also grown its network of learning centres to nine locations across the country.
Think Logistics, the brain-child of Abbey Logistics’ Steve Granite, has the full-backing of the RHA, the FTA, the CILT and a number of leading truck operators, and is being delivered by national education charity, Career Ready. DAF Trucks was the first high profile sponsor of the project since it announced its three-year partnership at the CV Show in 2015.
With DAF Trucks spearheading the funding of the project, its presence in the venture has helped attract additional funding from the FTA, and more recently, from both the DHL Foundation and the National Logistics Academy.
Think Logistics has now opened four additional Logistics centres in England making nine Think Logistics Career Ready centres across the UK. To date, over 1,400 young people have attended Think Logistics workshops, including 400 alone between September and December, 2016.
Successful appearances at MultiModal, IMHX, the Skills Show and the Microlise Conference have also boosted the Think Logistics brand. Increasing exposure has led to two national awards; the Motor Transport Partnership Award and SHD Logistics Future Skills Award. Regular meetings and steering groups with influential industry bodies also play a significant part in raising awareness.
“I’m thrilled at the success of the Think Logistics project,” said DAF Trucks Managing Director, Ray Ashworth, “The welfare of the truck industry is very dear to me, and I’m especially passionate about empowering young people and showcasing the many good aspects of haulage and transport. There’s a huge diversity of career options on offer,” he said, “and Think Logistics is bringing the message to the young people of this country.”