Skills Shortage Enquiry – Have Your Voice Heard

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Road Freight and Logistics is calling on industry to provide survey evidence of the sector’s skills shortage by the end of this month.

The Skills Shortage Inquiry survey provides hauliers with an important opportunity to voice their concerns and highlight recruitment issues as well as suggesting ideas for the future development of the sector. The deadline to submit responses is 30th April 2019.

The APPG, formed in partnership with the Road Haulage Association in November last year, hopes to tackle the industry’s key challenges, including driver shortages.

According to the Chair of the APPG, Sir Mike Penning MP, who will speak at our forthcoming Microlise Transport Conference on 15th May, “The APPG is aiming to address the driver shortage and wants to ensure that Clean Air Zones are sensibly implemented and do not disrupt supply chains or unfairly tax small businesses. We will also be calling for a sensible implementation period after March 2019 for the industry.”

Our Skills Workshop at the Conference will also hone in on the driver shortage, fielding a number of speakers who will look at talent sources and how operators can attract and retain staff.

Microlise is also working closely with the RHA to secure additional government funding for the Road to Logistics initiative, a not-for profit organisation that encourages new talent into the transport and logistics sector.

We would urge all of our customers to get behind this survey and voice your concerns.