College launches Logistics Academy

One of the largest logistics training schools in the country has opened its doors in Liverpool.

The City of Liverpool College has launched the academy working with key partners including international training firm Transline Group. 

The academy will also work with key employers including Stobarts, Royal Mail and B&M. 

The new academy will provide apprenticeships and professional qualifications and training which will help students get the skills they need to pursue a career in the industry or up skill those currently working in logistics. 

The College’s existing logistics provision enjoyed excellent success rates and the School of Engineering and Logistics was graded as good during the College’s last inspection in April 2014. This school will form the foundation for the new academy.

Elaine Bowker, CEO of the City of Liverpool College said: "Logistics is a huge area of growth in the region as we move to become a Northern Powerhouse and develop Liverpool as a Superport.  In the next few years we are going to see thousands of new jobs created in the sector, but currently the region doesn't have the skilled workforce available to fill these jobs.  The academy will play a vital role in providing the skills needed for the industry and it will also ensure that local people get the training they need to benefit from the jobs being created, rather than firms having to recruit from outside the region."

Bernard Molloy, director of international logistics firm Unipart, which is playing a key role in Liverpool's development as a Superport said on the academy: "Supply chain logistics are fundamental to the Superport and key to forming the 'Northern Powerhouse'.  We are looking at the creation of over 25,000 jobs through the Superport scheme and logistics will be a major elements of this.  The problem we have though is we have a major skills shortage in this sector both nationally and more critically in this region.  It's vital that the industry works with education providers like the academy and college and even at a younger level with schools, to inspire students to go into the logistics and offer courses and training which will give them the skills they need to pursue a successful career in the sector."

Lara Watson, director of training organisation the Transline Group said: "Logistics and transport is a growing industry and can provide some really exciting career opportunities.  We are working with the college to offer these opportunities to students and forming a vital pathway for people to get the skills they need to really forge a successful career in industry."

Frank Rogers, Deputy Chief Executive at Merseytravel said, "Freight and Logistics are a key priority area for our city region's economic growth. 

"Merseytravel is pleased to see the establishment of this Logistics Academy and we look forward to working with the City of Liverpool College and partners to support its delivery."

To find out more about the academy and The City of Liverpool College and the courses on offer, visit www.liv-coll.ac.uk or call 0151 252 3000.

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