Logistics industry leaders have welcomed the launch of a new training center which will support the vital supply chain that underpins the UK economy, providing a strong ‘career ladder’ for its workforce . Speaking at the launch of the Logistics Education and Research Center (CLEAR) to GLPMagna Park development in Lutterworth, Clare Bottle, CEO of British Warehouse Association (UKWA) said the sector offers employees significant opportunities to progress and enjoy engaging careers.

Also speaking at the event, James Wroath, CEO of wincanton, the leading supply chain partner for UK businesses, welcomed the launch of CLEAR, saying the “value of the sustainable supply chain” depends on “great people”. He added: “Attracting, recruiting and retaining the best talent within our company is of paramount importance in this dynamic market where individuals can easily change employers. To achieve our ambition to deliver value to our customers in an efficient and safe manner, we must continually focus on developing and educating our employees by ensuring their well-being and investing in consistent training. and high quality.

CLEAR is the result of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC) which works in conjunction with supply chain partner Wincanton and leading investor and developer of logistics warehouses and distribution parks, GLP to provide professional training and professional development at all levels across logistics and supply chain roles.

Its launch was marked by an event held at Bittesby House on September 30, 2022 where speakers also included Ian Howe, Logistics Director for Visfix. Guests included Alberto Costa, MP for South Leicestershire, Cllr Phillip King, the leader of Harborough District Council and Cllr David Findlay of Blaby District Council.

Currently based at Bittesby House in the Magna Park North extension of the Lutterworth development, CLEAR will eventually move into a state-of-the-art bespoke facility. Higher education and higher education will be articulated to offer a harmonious progression in the levels of qualification and learning and the research capacity of a large regional university will make it possible to permanently develop a relevant training offer.

Paying tribute to the centre’s supporters, Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, Director and Chief Executive of NWSLC said: “Today we heard from Clare Bottle at UKWA that there are approximately 165 different types of jobs available in the warehousing, a fascinating statistic that helps shine a light on the real career potential in the sector.

“Our ambitions for CLEAR are based on offering a one-stop holistic training service both from its base at Magna Park and also remotely online, enabling a flexible skills pathway tailored to meet the needs of specific companies and offering well-defined training to individuals. opportunities to advance their careers.

“Companies can train one or more of their team members with flexible start dates and tailored benefits, and students will be able to move seamlessly between training partners as their development needs progress and gaps arise. skills are identified, improving retention and reducing costs.

“CLEAR can set up and run training programs very quickly because it already has systems in place to meet training design instructions at all levels. Commissioning training through CLEAR will reduce the time between the identification of training needs and the start of courses or programs by students.

“I would like to thank Harborough District Council and Leicester and Leicestershire LEP for their continued commitment to developing this initiative. We have benefited immensely from the advice and support of our industry partner Wincanton. I am also extremely grateful to Gwyn Stubbings , GLP’s senior planning director, whose investment made this development possible.

Magna Park Lutterworth, the premier logistics center in the UK and Europe, developed by GLP over the past 35 years, is currently home to over 35 world-class businesses in 46 buildings. The park spans over 13 million square feet of land area and will expand to 16 million square feet over 1,350 acres via the North and South Expansion Project. It is located in the center of the so-called “logistics golden triangle” between the M1, M6 and M69 motorways.

CLEAR will provide the platform for a future national center of excellence with a campus that will accommodate, when fully operational, up to 1,000 students, as well as applied and associated research facilities.

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