Today (7 February 2022), the government is calling on industry leaders and the general public to help find and nurture the next generation of transport leaders.
A 12-week consultation will help to better understand the future skills needed to boost diversity, close the skills gap and promote careers in the industry, with participants able to post their views and ideas.
A new task force, launched during National Apprentice Week 2022, will lead the charge in promoting careers and aims to create thousands of opportunities for the next generation of talent.
Minister Andrew Stephenson said:
We want the brightest and best to join the transportation industry, and these plans will boost apprenticeship programs and other training pathways and help attract top talent from across society.
This task force will break down barriers to the leaders of tomorrow who will provide essential services to move our country and our economy forward.
The task force will be led by Rachel Skinner CBE, the youngest president of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and only the second woman to hold the position. She will work alongside a cross-section of industry leaders from across the transportation sector.
She will also seek to improve diversity in the industry, where women make up only 20% of the workforce and ethnic minorities are still underrepresented. The working group will seek to review how and where to find future transport professionals.
Rachel Skinner CBE, Chair of the Transport Jobs and Skills Task Force, said:
I know how challenging, rewarding and fascinating working in the transportation industry can be, especially at the forefront of our transition to net zero.
It’s well known that a more diverse and inclusive workforce increases creativity, collaboration and productivity, and I’m excited to use my experience to ensure that people from underrepresented groups can build brilliant transportation careers.
The announcement comes as HS2 says it is on track to meet its target of 2,000 apprentices over the life of the project, with 825 new starters already on board less than 18 months after construction began. main works.
Associated British Ports, the UK’s leading port operator, has also launched its apprenticeship program for 2022, offering exciting positions in the maritime industry across its 21 locations. Meanwhile, Logistics UK bosses have urged members to take advantage of apprenticeship schemes to tackle industry shortages.