Grant Shapps MP: we have a new challenge facing us as we look to the future of freight

Grant Shapps MP: we have a new challenge facing us as we look to the future of freight

The UK Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP, has encouraged members of the logistics sector to support a major new awareness and recruitment campaign, Generation Logistics, to protect the industry’s future talent recruitment ambitions. 

Co-ordinated by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and Logistics UK, in partnership with the Department for Transport, the campaign has already gained the support of key names from across the sector, but, as Mr Shapps explains, it represents pivotal moment for the logistics industry.

  “The pandemic has once again demonstrated the strategic importance of supply-chains and their associated workers,” he wrote. “Their work to keep the UK moving was exemplary and I have nothing but admiration for those unsung heroes who keep the UK trading, keep food on our shelves and provide our factories, shops, hospitals, and schools with the supplies they need.  Logistics workers make a substantial difference to our lives, every day. 

  “However, we have a new challenge facing us as we look to the future of freight. We need to attract a diverse and skilled workforce to play a key part in a new, exciting era transforming an industry at the forefront of innovation and technology. There are thousands of logistics roles available to people from all backgrounds, experience and skills. This campaign will showcase those opportunities in artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, autonomous vehicles and the decarbonisation of the supply chain. This industry campaign is integral to not only supporting growth of this vital sector but also ensuring we have the workforce needed for now and the future.” 

  As Phil Roe, President of Logistics UK explains, the campaign represents the ideal opportunity for logistics businesses to attract, identify and develop a new and diverse generation of talent to fill vacancies industry-wide and future proof the sector:

 “Logistics is one of UK PLC’s unsung heroes, keeping the economy supplied with everything it needs, yet many people know little to nothing about what is involved in the industry.  We are delighted to have the support of the government, as well as many key names in the sector, to launch what promises to be a ground-breaking campaign for our industry – my challenge to those who have yet to engage, can you and your business afford to miss out?”

 The first of a series of campaigns throughout the year is scheduled to start at the end of July with additional initiatives planned for the next 12 months.  To find out how your business can take advantage of the awareness that Generation Logistics will create, to answer your own recruitment issues, please visit

Relevant Directory Listings

Listing image

RouteSmart Technologies

RouteSmart Technologies helps the largest postal and home delivery organizations around the world build intelligent route plans for more efficient last-mile operations. No matter the size of your business, our proven solutions allow you to decrease planning time, create balanced and efficient delivery routes, lower […]

Find out more

Other Directory Listings




P&P Poll


As a consumer, how did the number of online purchases you made and the value of these compare between the 2022 peak period vs 2021?

Thank you for voting
You have already voted on this poll!
Please select an option!

MER Magazine


News Archive

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This