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Brexit has put the spotlight on logistics, and its time to embrace diversity

I hosted a seminar program recently where it became apparent that recruitment was a top two concern for the logistics and transport industry.

One speaker said that there was nothing a company does that was more important than recruiting and developing its people, and yet it was all too often forgotten.

Investment in the talent pipeline, and how the next generation of recruits views a sector is the life blood of that sectors future, banged the drum.

And this was all before the ubiquitous BREXIT session where, despite the industry seemingly split over leave and remain, a unifying force was the need for freedom of movement for freight and folk alike. And by folk, I mean cheap labour.

Whatever your opinion, so far BREXIT has been brilliant for the logistics and transport industry, acting as a beacon, shining a light on its very existence with Backstop and traffic tailback Armageddon reports broadcast into living rooms across the nation.

But is a post BREXIT nation open to diversity and inclusion?

In the same seminar, an academic spoke passionately for the need to look beyond the current preferred recruitment pool of white heterosexual males, and how the industry was denying swathes of potential candidates by continually knocking at the same recruitment agency door.

Diversity of all kinds, it was pressed, will help tackle a skills shortage by providing a pipeline of people you might not previously have considered, and who might not normally consider logistics.

After all, the most famous freighter in the universe did nothing but gain from a diverse recruitment policy where language, colour and culture were of no obstacle.

“Can you tell me where you see yourself in 5 years,” said the interviewer.

“Aoohooohhoaaa,” said Chewbacca.

About the author

Julian Pryke

Julian was born in the year human’s first walked on the moon, and supersonic airline Concorde was flown. He studied psychology before writing for legendary football magazine, Shoot. He edited and was publisher for multiple sector leading transport and logistic, and commercial fishing publications. He is proud to have been a fishmonger. He is a Guinness World Record Holder.