FWD heads new group to drive wholesaling skills

The Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) is putting its weight behind a new initiative aimed at improving the skills of employees working in the UK’s wholesaling and haulage sectors.

It joins other industry trade associations in supporting the government-licensed organisation Skills for Logistics’ (SfL) launch of Occupational Craft Skills Groups, which are designed to raise skills standards across the industry.

Nine Occupational Craft Skills Groups will be established – each one chaired by a representative of the relevant trade association:

  • Driving, chaired by the Road Haulage Association
  • Fleet Management – the Freight Transport Association
  • International Trade – the British International Freight Association
  • Logistics Operations -the Skills for Logistics
  • Mail and Packaging – the Institute of Couriers
  • Supply Chain Operations Management – the Chartered Institute of Logistics amp; Transport
  • Terminal Operations –  Port Skills amp; Safety
  • Warehousing – the UK Warehousing Association
  • Wholesaling – Federation of Wholesale Distributors

Each Craft Skills Group will identify priorities for action and advise on specific solutions such as apprenticeships and National Occupational Standards.

They will also be asked to devise a “gold-standard” for competencies for each individual job, which will eventually become a set of standard, generic competences across all of the logistics functions.

Mick Jackson, CEO of Skills for Logistics, said: “The UK Logistics Sector can transform its performance through up-skilling, giving the country a greater edge in an increasingly competitive world. But to achieve this it needs to develop innovative skills solutions, which will help logistics employers to get the best outcomes from their recruitment, manpower planning and staff development activities.”

Each of the groups will hold its first meeting in the next few weeks.

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