Thanks to our speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, supporters, awards entrants and event attendees, the Talent in Logistics Conference and Awards 2018 once again proved an enormous success!
The day was packed with engaging conference sessions, lively debates and workshops, an exhibition, and exciting forklift competition finals. Then, the evening saw a glamorous awards event, celebrating the best in logistics and transport training and development.
Whether you were there, or wish you could have been, join us in looking at some of the many highlights of the event.
- FOUND! Ways to attract the next generation of logistics talent
As our industry faces a skills shortage, our conference sessions on finding ways to attract new transport and logistics talent proved invaluable. A panel made up of young people and recruitment experts, shared their insight on how logistics operations can attract young people to the industry, while a leading psychologist explored ways to attract diverse talent to bridge the skills gap.
- The apprenticeship levy demystified
We knew that many logistics managers or business owners like you were not aware of how to use the apprenticeship levy to your advantage. An invaluable session from our Gold Conference Sponsor Bis Henderson Academy provided helpful advice on the tangible benefits the apprenticeship levy can bring to businesses who are paying into the funds and not yet utilising them. They also advised about up-skilling managers and first line team leaders, as well as warehouse operatives, supply chain professionals and customer service teams.
- Live truck demos showed best practice in action
The action-packed day included live LGV and lift truck demonstrations to show managers the best practice they should be looking for in their teams when it comes to pre-use and walk round checks. For transport professionals there was a live demo showing the importance of LGV walk-around checks while materials handling equipment professionals saw how to properly conduct pre-use forklift truck inspections, and what to do if you find something is wrong.
- Relevant professional development with 3-hours CPD
If you work in Learning and Development (L&D) in the logistics and transport industry, there is often a lack of quality, relevant Continued Professional Development (CPD). The Talent in Logistics conference is the antidote to this and focused totally on giving logistics and supply chain professionals useful new skills and knowledge. Due to the highly relevant Talent in Logistics conference agenda, CILT (UK) awarded the event 3-hours CPD.
- Unrivalled networking opportunities
Hundreds of logistics professionals enjoyed the valuable opportunity to network with many potential customers and suppliers, and industry peers. The Talent in Logistics Conference once again proved it’s the perfect place to discuss common challenges, share advice and identify the experts that can support your business. While the Talent in Logistics Awards provided an engaging and fun environment for networking, as well as spending time with customers and valued team members.
- Relevant exhibitors – all under one roof
With dozens of relevant exhibitors in the Talent in Logistics Information Zone, many managers, business owners and L&D professionals discovered new ways to enhance the training and development opportunities for your employees. With so many reputable companies under one roof, on one day, Talent in Logistics was a fantastic time-saving way to identify the best suppliers for equipment, training and recruitment needs, and more.
- Exciting live Forklift Operator and Instructor competition finals
The thrilling grand finals of the Forklift Operator of the Year and Forklift Instructor of the Year competitions always prove popular at the Talent in Logistics Conference and it was great to see so many of our attendees getting behind and supporting the competitors as they took part in challenging live action challenges. The 2018 winners were announced at the Talent in Logistics Awards evening with Dale Smith of Wilko Retail Ltd crowned the Forklift Operator of the Year and Antony Smith of UK Industries Training receiving the accolade of Forklift Instructor of the Year.
- Celebrating true talent at the Awards event of the year
Winners of the Talent in Logistics Awards were revealed by celebrity host, TV presenter Jeff Stelling, at a glamorous black-tie event, which also included a networking drinks reception, delicious dinner and all the drama of top Queen tribute band, Flash.
The Talent in Logistics Awards are the only awards which are totally dedicated to celebrating and recognising the talented professionals throughout the supply chain and at every level of learning and development. It was a great way to reward these unsung heroes that keep the industry running. Meet the winners here.
Coming soon! Talent in Logistics 2019
Whether you were unable to attend Talent in Logistics 2018, or you just can’t wait for the next event, you will be pleased to know that Talent in Logistics 2019 will take place at Arena MK in Milton Keynes on Thursday 27th June 2019. To register your interest in attending and be among the first to know about special prices and early bird rates, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t miss out on what promises to be another fantastic event.
If you would like to support the industry by getting involved in this prestigious event in 2019 we can create a package to suit your marketing and business objectives. Please contact Ruth and the friendly Talent in Logistics team by emailing email@example.com or calling 01952 520 216 for more information.