Only 30% of LGV drivers feel valued, finds new Talent in Logistics research

LGV Drivers

According to a recent survey by Talent in Logistics, just 30% of LGV drivers in the UK feel valued. The driver engagement research, which surveyed more than 1,300 respondents during February and March 2020, also found that less than half of drivers feel motivated to work hard for their employers, signifying testing times ahead for the logistics sector.

Carried out in collaboration with Pertemps Driving Division, prior to the start of the Covid-19 lockdown, the driver engagement survey sought to investigate how LGV drivers across the country really feel about their role and employers, giving them a unique platform to share their experiences and opinions.

The survey also showed that fewer than half of drivers believe that their company is diverse and inclusive in their recruitment. This was reinforced by the demographics of the survey respondents – more than 7 out of 10 drivers surveyed (72.5%) were aged 41 or over, and 95% were male.

The research also found that fewer than half of the drivers surveyed said that they felt proud (47%) or motivated (49%) to work for their company. Looking at survey results collectively, overall employee engagement for LGV drivers is around 48%.  This is considerably lower than the national average, where two-thirds of UK workers are satisfied with their jobs* and signifies a potentially serious engagement issue within this sector.

“During the coronavirus pandemic, drivers have been working extra hours to keep the country moving as ‘key workers’ – it’s never been more apparent that they are vital to the supply chain,” says Ruth Edwards, Business Development Director for Talent in Logistics. “However, our survey shows that employers have a long way to go to make drivers feel engaged, valued and important.”

“As the UK’s largest provider of professional drivers within the driving and logistics industries; Pertemps Driving Division jumped at the opportunity to partner with Talent In Logistics and give drivers a real voice to help bring about positive change and improvements for their profession,” says Samantha Leleu, GM for Pertemps Driving Division. “The industry has faced real challenges for several years and these challenges became even greater during the recent pandemic. However, if Covid-19 has taught us anything, it is to value the key workers we have in this country.”

The detailed results of the driver engagement survey are revealed in a new white paper published by Talent in Logistics, titled ‘Driving Engagement in Logistics’.  This also makes practical recommendations on how to increase driver engagement, considering drivers’ attitudes to reward and recognition, salaries, leadership, wellbeing and more.

According to the white paper, evidence for the importance of employee engagement is compelling. Companies with high levels of employee engagement are reported to see a 40% decrease in their staff turnover rate. Conversely, organisations with a low engagement rate report, on average, 42% more accidents within the workplace.

“It’s not all doom and gloom when it comes to LGV drivers,” says Talent in Logistics’ Ruth Edwards. “Yes, there is a worrying skills shortage in this sector and clearly significant engagement issues to overcome, but many of the drivers we surveyed loved their profession, for many different reasons.”

“There can be no doubts whatsoever that drivers are essential components to keep the country running at all times,” adds Samantha Leleu. “It has therefore never been as important to listen to what they have to say to ensure we protect and recognise their valuable contribution to our economy – in the very near future, driving must become an aspirational career for other groups as we strive to tackle a growing driver shortage.”

Ruth Edwards concludes, “Now is the time for employers to grab the opportunity to celebrate the role of the driver and build a motivated workforce that can contribute to the bright future of this crucial sector.”

To download the ‘Driving Engagement in Logistics whitepaper’, visit www.talentinlogistics.co.uk/download/whitepaper-driving-engagement-in-logistics.

For more information, call the team on 01952 520216 or email talentinlogistics@captib.co.uk.

 

*CIPD Working Lives Survey 2018

PM Promises Apprenticeship Boost

logistics apprenticeships boost

Boris Johnson has backed proposals for an ‘apprenticeship guarantee’ aimed at ensuring young people have access to vocational training. The prime minister’s comments come amid urgent calls for the government to tackle unemployment in the wake of COVID-19.

Johnson gave support for the proposals in a letter to the chair of the Commons Liaison Committee, stating, ‘Apprenticeships will play a vital role in the economic recovery, ensuring that employers and people of all backgrounds develop the skills they need to succeed.’ The letter went on to make a commitment to supporting small businesses that want to take apprentices this year.

The idea was originally suggested by chair of the education select committee, Robert Halfon. According to Halfon, such a guarantee could ‘close the skills divide and help those from disadvantaged backgrounds’. The guarantee would be backed using funds raised through the apprenticeship levy introduced in 2017, used in a ‘very strategic way’.

The levy was cause for controversy earlier this year when Education Secretary Gavin Williamson criticised employers for misusing levy funds. Williamson’s comments came amid allegations funds were being used to subsidise higher education courses for senior management, and that the scheme had given rise to ‘fake apprenticeships’ designed to tap funding.

Mr. Halfon said that the levy should be ‘used primarily on apprenticeships to 16 to 24-year-olds and to tackle disadvantage.’

With youth unemployment doubling in recent months, according to the ONS, the need to ensure the younger generation are targeted in any government response to reopening the economy has been underscored by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, AELP.

According to Mark Dawe, AELP chief executive, ‘The government needs to roll out its response urgently. The majority of need can be met through existing employment and skills programmes, but it requires the right level of funding and the funding getting to the most appropriate providers around the country.’

‘AELP has called for a £8.6bn skills package split between young people and adults including a wage subsidy to encourage employers to make more apprenticeship opportunities available for young people aged 16 to 24.’

Dawe stressed that failure to implement such measures ‘would still be a significant cost to the Treasury and the economy with mass youth unemployment.’

Speaking to the TES, Mr. Halfon stressed that alongside financial subsidy, there is a need for other forms of support. ‘Businesses are very wary about taking on apprentices because of the bureaucracy involved. The Australian system, for example, does all of that for the businesses and that reduces the bureaucracy. That would be a very good model for consideration. You create financial incentives, but also a bureaucratic incentive.’

Moves to bolster apprenticeships come at a significant moment for the UK logistics industry, with a deepening driver drought and increased pressure on the network due to COVID-19. Apprenticeships have for some time been promoted as a means to alleviate the drought, although this depends on apprenticeship levy funds being used proactively, and for the appropriate purpose.

MD of Moody Logistics, Caroline Moody, recently named as a finalist in the 2020 Amazon everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards, had this to say regarding the apprenticeship levy in 2019: ‘The scheme allows haulage companies to provide an apprentice with much greater insight into the logistics industry as they work within the business whilst being trained in the core driving skills.’

REFERENCES AND USEFUL LINKS:

https://feweek.co.uk/2020/06/30/pm-promises-every-young-person-the-chance-of-an-apprenticeship-or-an-in-work-placement/

https://www.tes.com/news/Covid-19-pm-we-will-support-small-businesses-apprentices

https://www.aelp.org.uk/news/news/news-articles/aelp-responds-to-the-latest-increase-in-unemployment/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-53238362

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-51650984https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/1641/documents/15661/default/

https://www.tes.com/news/halfon-schools-should-be-given-apprenticeship-targets

https://www.businessupnorth.co.uk/moody-logistics-calls-for-increase-in-driver-apprenticeships-as-part-of-love-the-lorry-week/

https://bdaily.co.uk/articles/2020/06/25/caroline-moody-named-as-finalist-in-everywoman-transport-logistics-awards

Employee Wellbeing and Engagement Take Centre Stage at Online Logistics Conference

Online Logistics Conference

Putting people at the heart of logistics operations will be the focus of this year’s Talent in Logistics conference which will take place entirely online.

“The success of the logistics sector relies heavily on its talented people during these challenging times,” says Ruth Edwards, Business Development Director for Talent in Logistics. “And when leaders engage with employees, this is shown to increase productivity, customer satisfaction, and safety while reducing absence levels and attrition.”

“This is a period of change and priorities are shifting for many organisations,” she continues. “That’s why we have curated the agenda to focus on the areas that will provide the most guidance and inspiration to employers for the uncertain road ahead.”

The one-day digital conference, which takes place on 23rd September 2020, will be delivered remotely by a series of speakers, all experts in the field of employee engagement.

Keynote speaker Liggy Webb, an award winning author, presenter and consultant who specialises in the area of behavioural skills and human resilience, will lead a session titled ‘How to lead a culture of wellbeing and resilience’ that will help attendees understand more about stress-related burnout, the value of investing in employee wellbeing and how to help people through uncertain times.

 

Talent in Logistics will present the findings of recent research into HGV Driver engagement, carried out in collaboration with Pertemps Driving Division.  This will reveal how HGV drivers feel about their role, employers, and career prospects, as well as their suggestions for solving the skills shortages in the sector.

Other sessions will cover topics such as the role of gathering employee feedback, managing and engaging a remote workforce, corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy and lessons learned from Covid-19 around why it is so important to invest in people.

“It’s crucial now more than ever that we come together as a sector,” says Ruth. “Our planned calendar of 2020 conferences has evolved online to provide an alternative that will continue to help logistics employers, and their valuable people, to succeed in the long term.”

The conference will take place across a full day. All registrants will receive recordings of each session, accompanied by a range of additional, useful resources, ensuring maximum value even for those who cannot watch the whole event live.  This content will be available exclusively to registered conference attendees.

Conference tickets are available now for £50+VAT (usual price £125+VAT).  To register, visit www.talentinlogistics.co.uk. Or for more information, call 01952 520216 or email talentinlogistics@captib.co.uk.

Extra time to enter the Talent in Logistics Awards 2020

Talent in Logistics Awards 2020

The past few months have been really challenging for many, but every day we’re blown away by the amazing efforts we see from the logistics sector and the encouraging positive stories we encounter in our #ilovelogisticscampaign on social media.  That’s one of the reasons why we have decided to extend the deadline to enter the Talent in Logistics Awards until 24th July 2020.

TALENT IN LOGISTICS AWARDS 2020 GOES ONLINE!

Our awards for the logistics industry and the standout people and teams working hard across the supply chain will not be cancelled this year, despite the current unusual and ever- changing circumstances. However, they will be more unique than ever!

The 2020 Talent in Logistics Awards will take place completely online as a live streamed, virtual event on YouTube and social media, meaning that absolutely anyone can watch the awards and share in the celebration of the incredible people within our sector.

ENTER THE TALENT IN LOGISTICS AWARDS

If you’ve already entered the Talent in Logistics Awards this year, your entry still stands and is in the running to win an award. You just might be delivering a virtual acceptance speech if you win, instead of going up on the stage!

However, if you haven’t got round to writing your entry yet, the good news is that you now have more time to do so.  The entry deadline has been extended until 24th July 2020, so enter now!

WHY SHOULD YOU ENTER THE TALENT IN LOGISTICS AWARDS?

With the logistics sector going above and beyond at the moment, we know there are even more amazing examples of dedication, commitment, and achievement than usual across the supply chain. Make sure you recognise and celebrate this by entering your standout individuals, teams and programmes for a Talent in Logistics Award.

Our Awards are a great way to show the talented people in your organisation exactly how valued they are, which can help improve motivation, engagement, and loyalty.  Receiving a Talent in Logistics Award is also a great way to showcase the great work your organisation does and how much it values its people, providing positive PR for your business. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to demonstrate why it’s a great place to work, supporting your efforts to recruit the best talent.

HOW TO ENTER THE TALENT IN LOGISTICS AWARDS

Entering the awards is straightforward. Simply download a form from our website for your chosen awards category, complete the essential details and add your written entry of up to 1000 words and your choice of up to three supporting documents.

Categories include:

• Innovation in Recruitment

• Collaboration in People Development

• Innovative Training Programme

• Training Provider of the Year

• Health Safety & Wellbeing Initiative

• Best Place to Work

• Industry Ambassador for the Year

• Inspirational Leader of the Year

• Excellence in Coaching and Mentoring

• Instructor of the Year

• Rising Star of the Year

Find out more about all of the awards categories.

NEED HELP WITH YOUR ENTRY?

Writing award entries may not be a usual part of your day job, but please don’t let that stop you! It may take a little time and effort, but the rewards are well worth it. Also, to support you creating your award entry, we have developed our free downloadable Handy Awards Guide to give you extra guidance and lots of helpful tips.

What’s more, on 24th June 2020, you’re invited to attend a free webinar with our very own Ruth Edwards asking ‘What does a good awards entry look like?’. The webinar will give you practical guidance with our top 10 tips for writing an award entry as well as compelling reasons why you should enter. It’s a great chance to ask questions too.

Don’t miss out. Register for the free webinar now.

Talent in Logistics Announces Totally Online Awards Night for 2020

Laptop showcasing Awards Night

The Talent in Logistics Awards 2020 will now take place as a completely virtual live event on Thursday 1st October 2020, confirms the organiser as it also extends the entry deadline for the awards.

The Talent in Logistics Awards this year will be a unique, online event that will be live streamed on YouTube and social media channels, instead of being held in Manchester as originally planned.

“The past few months have presented unusual circumstances, but there is no way that we wanted to cancel or postpone this year’s Awards, especially when we have had such a high standard of entries so far,” says Ruth Edwards, Business Development Director for Talent in Logistics.

“This year, those in the logistics sector have been crucial, and deserve even greater praise and recognition than ever for their efforts,” she continues. “We’re thrilled to be able to do this in a new and different way, that will also help keep everyone safe.”

 

The livestream of the Talent in Logistics Awards 2020 will be free for anyone to watch and reveal winners live during the online awards ceremony.  There will be interactive elements, and winners will have the opportunity to virtually accept their awards.  The event will also dedicate time to showcasing and celebrating hard work across the supply chain this year and will share positive stories from within the sector, including those inspired by the Talent in Logistics #ilovelogistics social media campaign.

To enable as many people as possible to get involved and celebrate the sector’s achievements this year, the entry deadline for the Talent in Logistics Awards has also been extended until 24th July 2020.

The awards remain free to enter, and entry forms can be downloaded from the Talent in Logistics website.  Award entries consist of a submission of up to 1000 words, along with the option to attach three supporting documents, and will be judged by a panel of sector experts, leaders, and influencers. The shortlist will be announced by early August 2020.

Information regarding the LGV Driver of the Year and Forklift Operator of the Year live competitions and awards will be announced in due course.

“Talent in Logistics is no stranger to being unique – ours are the first and only awards that are 100% dedicated to recognising standout people in our industry,” says Ruth. “We want to bring positivity and pride to the whole logistics sector after a challenging year, so we’re delighted that our online Awards will make it possible for anyone, anywhere to be part of the event.”

For more information on entering the awards or sponsoring an Awards category, visit www.talentinlogistics.co.uk,  call 01952 520216 or email talentinlogistics@captib.co.uk .

Time to recognise and reward the heroes in your logistics operation

Entries are now open for the Talent in Logistics Awards 2020, uniquely dedicated to recognising and rewarding the stand-out individuals, teams and organisations within our country’s vital logistics sector. 

The awards, which are free to enter, highlight those who have been successful in attracting, developing and engaging talent within logistics, as well as driving the industry forward. This has proven to be particularly essential for the logistics sector during the coronavirus pandemic where the supply chain is under greater pressure than ever.

“The magic of our sector is in the people and that is truer now than ever, where they are working tirelessly to keep our shops, hospitals and fuel stations stocked,” says Ruth. “It has never been more important to recognise and celebrate the unsung heroes on the front line of the supply chain, such as drivers and warehouse operatives.”

“These are challenging times, but there are brilliant people and initiatives in logistics that are helping to keep the country moving, and are ensuring that our sector thrives,” says Ruth. “Our awards are uniquely focused on people, ensuring that they get the recognition that they deserve.”

Award entry forms are available to download online until Thursday 25th June when entries will close. A shortlist will be announced shortly thereafter and winners will be announced on Thursday 1st October 2020 at an event the Concorde Centre in Manchester.

Award entries will consist of a submission of up to 1000 words, along with the option to attach three supporting documents. Download entry forms at: www.talentinlogistics.co.uk/awards/categories/

The awards judging panel will be made up of experts, sector leaders and influencers from a variety of backgrounds including learning and development, human resources and industry leading publications.

Award categories for 2020 include ‘Innovation in Recruitment’ which will focus on recognising new and innovative ways of recruiting talent at all levels, along with ‘Collaboration in People Development’ which will reward collaborations that have nurtured and developed talent.

The ‘Innovative Training Programme’ award will recognise a company which has a well-constructed training programme that inspires people to develop and grow, whilst ‘Training Provider of the Year’ will focus on those who can demonstrate outstanding achievements in delivery for vocational education and training.

The prestigious ‘Training Team of the Year’ award will look for a company that can demonstrate outstanding achievements and accomplishments in their field of expertise.

The ‘Health, Safety & Wellbeing Initiative’ award will recognise an organisation that makes each employee feel cared for and valued.

‘Best Place to Work’ will be awarded to a company that ensures its workforce (whether it’s 5 or 50,000 people) is at the heart of everything they do, whilst the ‘Industry Ambassador of the Year’ award will go to someone who really shines out as a star – someone who goes above and beyond everyday requirements.

Celebrating those who encourage the next level of talent, whether they manage a team of 100 or simply go out of their way to inspire, is the ‘Inspirational Leader of the Year’ award.

The ‘Excellence in Coaching and Mentoring’ title will be given to an individual who can shows a willingness to share knowledge, skill and expertise with their team in order to provide long-term benefits.

The prestigious ‘Instructor of the Year’ award will be presented to an individual who is dedicated and motivated to nurturing professionals, whilst the ‘Rising Star of the Year’ award, which was introduced in 2019, recognises those who are on their way up in the world of logistics, hardworking, enthusiastic and eager to succeed.

“There’s an award for everyone, from HR, learning and development to training and operational professionals,” says Ruth. “Entering is a great way to focus on the positive during this challenging time.”

“We’re also spreading positivity and celebrating the amazing people in the sector through our current #ilovelogistics social media campaign”, Ruth says. “We’ll be on the look out for pictures and stories about why you’re proud to work on the front line of logistics or why you’re grateful to our country’s amazing logistics key workers, so be sure to get involved online.”

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Talent in Logistics Awards event. Buy online at: www.talentinlogistics.co.uk/awards/attend.

For more information on entering the awards or attending the Awards evening, call the team on 01952 520216 or email talentinlogistics@captib.co.uk .

Talent in Logistics launches free jobs board during Covid-19

To assist logistics operations during Covid-19, Talent in Logistics has launched a jobs board in partnership with Smart recruit online, the award-winning talent attraction platform, to help promote current recruitment opportunities.

“Dealing with the outbreak of Covid-19 is a big enough challenge for the logistics sector. There is high demand on the supply chain, with the need to keep shops, hospitals and fuel stations stocked,” says Ruth Edwards, Business Development Director at Talent in Logistics. “In these unusual times, we understand that extra resource and staff are needed to fulfil operational and delivery requirements.”

The jobs board, which launched on 27th March, is free, simple to set up and easy to navigate for employers, recruitment agencies and those in the search for current employment opportunities.

“Mark Stephens, CEO at Smart recruit online says: “SRO are pleased to be working in partnership with Talent in Logistics, to help their members and the logistics business community address the real-life challenges associated with the recruitment and retention of staff. We aim to provide a range of highly advanced, free and low-cost solutions that can deliver tangible benefits, such as improvements to efficiency and effectiveness, as well as significantly driving down recruitment costs.”

To start posting current vacancies or search for current roles, visit www.talentinlogistics.co.uk/jobs/.