Local Employer Networks
Strong employer networks are widely regarded as one of the most effective ways of supporting employers on employment and skills issues.
Skills for Logistics believes strongly in employer networks and has so far established seven in logistics ‘hotspots’ across the UK. In each network we work with local employers, government bodies, Local Enterprise Partnerships, local authorities, training providers and professional bodies to transform ours from a sector with a disconnect between employers and their locality to one that actively reaches out and engages with new target groups. Our networks are helping to strengthen the image of the sector and address the skills and employment challenges our employers are facing.
Managed by a Skills for Logistics Engagement Specialist, each Local Employer Network brings employers and partners together to lead the design and delivery of solutions to address the challenges they are facing. Skills for Logistics will:
- Create the network, host meetings and support other networking opportunities.
- Link employers to strategic partners, for example, the LEP, local authority, Chambers of Commerce, schools, colleges, providers, JCP etc.
- Support business growth and skills development by using the network to design and deliver locally driven initiatives.
- Liaise with careers advisors, schools and colleges to promote the Logistics Sector to young people in the area.
- Help employers to forge lasting links and contacts with local and neighbouring schools
- Showcase the sector as one which offers great career opportunities for all new recruits.
- Work with partners to identify local initiatives, opportunities and solutions to support the Logistics Sector in the area.
Key achievements so far include:
- 197 employers engaged in our networks
- 108 employers trained on our school/education engagement tools
- 430 people participating in pre-employment / work experience activities
- 87 people supported into jobs
- The launch of new training initiatives including: Certificate to Work; Military Traineeships and Pre-Employment Training.
“There is great interest amongst the local logistics employer community to work together to make sure we have the skills needed both now and in the future. The network provides a great opportunity for networking, ideas sharing and innovation that will continue to strengthen our offer.’’
Rachel North, Logistics School of Excellence Co-ordinator, Office Depot
For more information or to discuss developing a logistics employer network in your region, please contact us: [email protected]