FTA fears freight industry skills shortage

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has expressed its concern that the UK is set to face a skills shortage in the haulage and logistics industry.

FTA members have suggested that job losses and redundancies in the sector are reducing the number of trained drivers and professionals available to businesses.

Moreover, the body stated that the supply of future industry workers may be set to dry up due to a lack of interest in a logistics career among younger people and women.

As such, the FTA’s general manager for training Nic Allen has called for steps to be taken to improve the image and standing of the haulage sector, as well as ensuring that training courses are available for those interested.

He said: “We need to invest in the next generation of logistics workers now. Once demand for goods and services returns to normal levels post-recession, we may be facing a weak link in our supply chains.”

Earlier this month, the FTA called on the government to amend its tolls for vans and truck drivers crossing the Severn Bridge, suggesting that the high levies are currently placing an unnecessary burden on businesses.

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