UKWA CEO Peter Ward has welcomed the post-Brexit Autumn Statement released by the CBI, particularly the strong emphasis it places on the importance of investment in infrastructure projects.
“The call for fast delivery of over £425bn of planned infrastructure investments, including on roads and rail, with clear time frames and implementation plans, chimes with UKWA’s recent research reports. These explored the rising pressures on food and beverage supply chains in urban areas and the critical lack of high quality warehousing capacity across the UK”, he said.
“As the voice of the logistics industry, UKWA’s role is to identify the challenges faced by our members and the wider community, as well as to influence stakeholders and policy makers at all levels. In this regard, we value our links with the CBI, which help ensure our position is heard and understood.”
UKWA is also supportive of the CBI message that the government needs to do more to develop and attract a wider range of people into careers, and to give them the skills and opportunities they need to earn more, reach their potential and help businesses thrive.
This year UKWA has rolled out its new training and education programme in partnership with LLA (Logistics Learning Alliance), including the purpose-designed Warehouse Manager CPC qualification, which is expected to become the industry standard.
Following government confirmation of the funding rates and rules that will apply from April next year when the apprenticeship levy comes into force, the CBI will be running apprenticeship levy training workshops in London on 16th November and Leeds on 18th November. These workshops will give you a detailed insight into the latest policy development and help you to understand the impact for your business and how best to prepare for implementation.