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Transport and logistics

Logistics is a really broad industry, incorporating the transportation, distribution or storage of goods. Within that there are a number of different areas, so it offers a huge range of opportunities.

Types of roles

Here are just a few examples of the varied roles on offer in transport and logistics:

  • HGV drivers
  • Mechanics
  • Technicians
  • Bus, rail and tram services (including drivers)
  • Transport planners
  • Warehouse operatives (including stock pickers and fork-lift truck operatives)
  • Security
  • Administration
  • Cleaners
  • Sales and marketing

Benefits of working in Transport and Logistics

  • The logistics sector is one of the UK’s fastest growing industries and the pandemic showed how much we rely on it. There are currently around 1.7 million people working in the sector.
  • The sector has a wide range of roles, so opportunities to advance and increase earnings significantly are available.
  • You don’t always need academic qualifications to get started, but there are great opportunities to join if you have a degree or other qualifications under your belt.
  • There are opportunities to learn and build your career too – the increasing complexity of logistics means that many managers undertake Diplomas, NVQs or Masters qualifications to enhance their skills.
  • Opportunities for women in logistics are growing with many companies looking to get more women into what is seen as a traditionally male-dominated industry.
  • There are a wide range of working hours and patterns across the industry with many staff working part time, and some roles needing shift work. This could suit people looking for flexibility to match their circumstances at home.
  • Take a look at the Generation Logistics page for more information.
Man driving a forklift in a warehouse

Desirable skills

There are a huge variety of skills you can transfer over to a rewarding career in logistics, with plenty of opportunities to progress your career.

Transferable skills include:

  • Good attention to detail
  • The ability to work independently or as part of a large team
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Personal motivation
  • The ability to multi-task
  • Being able to think on your feet and excellent problem-solving skills

 

Learn more

FURTHER LINKS

  • If you are keen to get the skills to enter this sector or others, Skills Bootcamps are designed to get you ready for a career.
  • Adult Skills Learning Offer – if you don’t have a level 3 (A or AS Level) qualification, you may be eligible for free training with opportunities in this sector and others.
  • If you are aged between 16-19 you may be able eligible to undertake a T-Level in this sector or others.

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