Spotlight on next generation of logistics leaders as Multimodal launches new recruitment initiative

National Careers Week teams up with Multimodal for a day of debate and education at the UK and Ireland’s biggest transport and freight show

London, UK, Monday 11th February 2019– The challenge of attracting, retaining, and developing the next generation of industry professionals in the face of a growing skills shortage in the logistics industry will feature in a series of workshops and panel discussions at Multimodal 2019, from 18th to 20th June.

“We need to challenge the view that the logistics industry is about trucks and sheds and show young people that it’s fast-paced, dynamic and ripe with opportunities for personal growth and career development,” said Ian Nichol, Head of Logistics at Career Ready UK.

“In order to stay on top of the recruitment game, we will be looking at what practical measures logistics companies can take to improve recruitment of new staff and develop them so that they stay in the industry.”

Day three of the free-to-attend show at the Birmingham NEC will be dedicated to seminars exploring practical solutions to attract new talent through apprenticeships, school outreach programmes, and community networking.

“Multimodal is partnering with National Careers Week to create opportunities for companies and organisations to connect with schools and colleges to increase opportunities within the industry,” said Robert Jervis, Logistics Portfolio Director at Clarion Events.

“We have dedicated an entire day to the topic of recruitment, development, and retention of new staff, to give employers the opportunity to hear directly from recruitment experts on how to successfully get the next generation involved in the logistics and transport industry.”

The programme will also include a workshop with Carl Hobbis, Training Development Manager at the British International Freight Association (BIFA) who will talk about apprenticeships, best practice tips for attracting, retaining and developing early talent, and how these benefit employers and employees.

“Last year, we launched the ‘NextGen Logistics Network’, a group aimed at creating support and development initiatives across the different industry sectors, and this year the NextGen panel will explore the challenges and benefits experienced by transport and logistics’ newest members,” added Jervis.

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Multimodal, now in its twelfth iteration, is the UK’s largest logistics and transport exhibition which covers every sector of the industry.

The FTA Multimodal Awards and gala dinner are a regular feature of the event, and this year they are hosted by snooker legend, Steve Davis, OBE.

The awards celebrate outstanding individual and business contributions to the industry, and nominations in a number of categories can be made online at


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 Ian Nichol, Head of Logistics Career Ready UK

Ian Nichol, Head of Logistics Career Ready UK


Now in its 12th year, Multimodal is the UK, Ireland, and Northern Europe’s premier freight transport, logistics and supply chain management event.

In 2019, Multimodal will include the latest technological innovations to enter the industry, including AI and Blockchain.

It will feature a series of topical seminars including patterns of global trade, disruptive technologies, the impact of Brexit, and trends and opportunities in modal shift, as well as hosting a Shippers’ Village, providing freight buyers with a private space to meet logistics suppliers.

On the final day of Multimodal 2019, we will be supporting young talent within the industry by launching a new initiative to address tomorrow’s leaders by focussing on apprenticeships, training, upskilling, education, and recruitment specific to the sector.

Multimodal 2018 was attended by over 9,200 supply chain decision makers and more than 300 exhibitors.

The FTA Multimodal Awards evening takes place on the first evening of Multimodal, at the VOX Conference Centre at Resorts World Birmingham at the NEC, attended by some 650 guests.

The awards recognise excellence in air, road, rail, maritime, and freight forwarding services, and are voted for by the thousands of readers of the Multimodal newsletter, as well as FTA members, and exhibitors at Multimodal.

Multimodal 2019 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, UK from 18th to 20th June 2019.

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