The Future Skills Zone featured at IMHX for the first time in 2016 to highlight careers available to young people in Britain’s booming logistics industry.
Visitors listened to inspiring talks from young logisticians including Anna Chaplin from XPO Logistics - who offered insight into her development work in Tanzania - and James Illingworth from giftware company Widdop and Co, who spoke of the exciting side of logistics and technology.
What must the industry do to attract young people? Ian Nichol, national STEM development manager at Career Ready, addressed this question alongside Bammy, an impressive student from Northampton College. Peter Ward of UKWA took to the stage to discuss the multiple skills required in logistics whilst Andy Page and Patricia Smedley of Business on the Move, talked on how they think we can solve the supply chain skills conundrum.
Other highlights included The BIG Fork Lift Truck Quiz, hosted by the F-TEC Academy, which saw Linde and Toyota Materials Handling apprentices going head-to-head answering 20 questions each against the clock. Both teams showed true knowledge and professionalism, and after a close contest, Team Linde won by five points. Congratulations Jake James and Chris Hewitt from Linde and William Hermon and George Croxall from Toyota for coping so well under pressure!
Four young members of the Jungheinrich UK team delivered presentations on opportunities in customer services and sales at the company – highlighting key logistics roles for our sector.
The Mayor of Solihull presented a trophy to students from Alderbrook School who competed against other local schools to win the ‘Business on the Move’ challenge.
Graduates from the Novus programme, James and Zee, alongside Andy Kaye (chairman of Novus) and David Leach (programme director) aimed to raise awareness of supply chain career opportunities among school leavers intending to apply for undergraduate university places. James and Zee's confidence on stage and the insight they offered into the programme - left a lasting impression on their audience.