24-7 Managing Director Julian Thompson has been invited to speak at an upcoming summit that aims to address the driver crisis facing the transport and logistics sector at the Rioch Area, Coventry on Thursday 12th March 2015.
Perhaps the biggest issue facing the sector at present, the chronic lack of qualified and experienced HGV drivers presents a real barrier to the growth of both the industry and the wider economy.
Strong retail sales over Christmas, the growth in Black Friday sales and Internet shopping, and the Driver CPC deadline in September meant that this issue came to head over the 2014 festive season and is expected to persist into 2015 and beyond.
This has been recognised by the Freight Transport Association who are holding a summit in March to share best practice and experiences and discuss possible solutions.
Julian will be providing the 500-strong audience with his insights into the role and experiences of driver agencies. His 14 years in recruitment and 22 years in the transport industry give him a unique perspective on the issues facing the sector.
He will be joined by representatives from national organisations including Unite, the Department of Work and Pensions and Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland, who will be discussing issues including perceptions of professional driving, retention and accessing funding.
Julian’s work with the FTA demonstrates our commitment to addressing the key issues that impact the sectors in which we work and shows the real industry expertise that your company can benefit from when choosing to work with a specialist independent recruitment agency like 24-7 Staffing.
There has been a trend now for many years in the high street, and it is one of homogenisation. The theory behind this trend is that if every shop we go into is exactly the same, we will all be happy to buy from them. It seems a sound idea, except that it doesn’t often work. We’re all individuals and because of that, we want a choice. Sadly this approach is becoming all too common in many industries, including the recruitment sector.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that in some circumstances, such as supermarkets, it isn’t comforting to be able to rush in, grab what you need and go. That said, they are supermarkets - designed for that purpose. Would you be comfortable with that approach when employing new staff? Of course not!