Industry Issues Tackled at Talent in Logistics 2017

Author : Molokini


Hundreds of visitors arrived in Telford on 22nd June for Talent in Logistics, the only event dedicated to training, learning and development in the transport, warehousing and logistics industries. 

The packed agenda of conference sessions, an expert-filled Information Zone and the glamorous Awards evening not only proved enjoyable, but also offered advice and inspiration on how to tackle some of the key issues facing the sector.

Fighting the skills shortage

Over the next 6 years, an estimated 588,000 additional workers will be required to support a growing logistics sector, making it vital for organisations to address skills, training and career progression.  Geared specifically towards the challenges of the logistics and transport industry, the Talent in Logistics Conference provided visitors with a development opportunity, ideal for helping to keep professionals engaged and on their logistics career path.

In addition, conference delegates were encouraged to think about the future of logistics careers with a talk from CASCAID as well as a session on new standards relating to apprenticeships, delivered by Pearson. Jobcentre Plus also explained the work taking place within the logistics industry to help tackle the skills shortage by recruiting and retaining employees with disability.

Recognition and reward is one of the most important elements in attracting new staff and retaining existing employees.  This was a key theme throughout the event, and never more so than during the Talent in Logistics Awards, where hundreds of people gathered for the unique Awards dinner at the Telford International Centre to celebrate excellence throughout the transport and logistics industry. 

15 awards were presented to individuals, teams and organisations which had demonstrated their commitment to quality and going the extra mile. Increasing the number of female employees in the transport and logistics industry is considered key for tackling the skills crisis, so it was particularly positive to see a number of awards won by women this year. 

Keeping people safe

Ensuring the safety of staff, and those they come into contact with, is not just a legal requirement for employers in the transport and logistics sector, it’s a moral consideration too. The agenda at the Talent in Logistics Conference covered a variety of topics around safety within this sector, and highlighted the important role that training plays in this. 

Popular sessions for those in the transport sector included charity Brake looking at LGV driver distraction, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) discussing their Transport sector strategy, and speakers from National Counter Terrorism Policing looking at how lorry related terrorism can be prevented.  The National Register of LGV Instructors also educated delegates on need-to-know legislation, regulation and best practice.

Materials handling equipment (MHE) safety was also addressed with a session from RTITB looking at the importance of pre-use inspections, while Mentor FLT Training considered how to make a difference to forklift safety. A speaker from the HSE also helped visitors understand more about the psychology and influences behind risk taking behaviour, while charity Mind brought the important topic of mental health to the fore and suggested how employers can help.

Making training work for your business

Although training is key to addressing the common issues that the logistics and transport industry faces, if planned and delivered correctly, it should also benefit the company and support business objectives. 

During the conference, CIPD shared top tips for making strategic L&D work in practice, while Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK explored how MHE training will evolve in the future to help businesses save time and money while reducing risks.  Transaid also demonstrated the importance of quality training, using examples from the economically developing countries where the charity works.

For delegates from commercial training providers there were specific sessions from Dynamix Technology and Struto to help provide ideas and practical advice on effective sales and marketing for training businesses.

During the event, many delegates also dropped by the Information Zone, to network and consult with leading brands from within the industry about best practice and the common issues faced by training and L&D professionals. Exhibitors included Anglia Logistics Transport Training Academy (ALTTA), Brake, Business on the Move, CASCAID, Driving Test Success, Freight Transport Association (FTA), Molokini Marketing, NRI, Road Haulage Association (RHA), RTITB, the RTITB Instructor Academy, Think Logistics, TJX Europe, Tockwith Training, Transaid and Voss.

Following a highly successful conference and awards this year, the next Talent in Logistics Conference and Awards is confirmed as taking place at the Telford International Centre on 21st June 2018.  The conference will once again give Learning and Development Managers, Instructors, Health and Safety Managers, and HR and Training Managers a chance to come together and explore solutions to issues with the transport and logistics industry, while the Awards will celebrate the skills and hard work of the people in the logistics industry, rewarding those that keep the country moving.

For more information on Talent in Logistics, or to see the latest updates on the 2018 event, visit

Latest Client News

Hyster Europe Sponsors Port...


Hyster Europe is sponsoring the CeMAT Port Technology Conference, taking place on 25th April 2018 in Hanover, Germany.

Making the Apprenticeship...


Employers have seen the Apprenticeship Levy as a cost for a year now, and many have yet to realise any benefit from it.  At the Talent in Logistics Conference 2018, Managing Director of Bis Henderson Academy, David Lynch, will outline the value the Levy can bring to businesses and discuss how it can be used to boost skills. 

360 Degree Hyster® Solutions...


Hyster Europe announces several updates to help specific industries overcome unique challenges. 

Safe and Economic Driving...


According to the RTITB Instructor Academy, some transport industry employers are missing out on cost savings by not having ‘Safe and Economic Driving’ Instructors and could benefit from incorporating this in Driver CPC training.

Upcoming Logistics...


Spring and summer are often the busiest times of the year for conferences and exhibitions in the materials handling, transport and shipping industries. So, if you’re looking to market and grow your logistics business and you’ve not planned your 2018 events calendar yet, now is the time to start.

360 Degree Service: Hyster®...


Hyster Europe has successfully expanded its dealer network in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. A total of 17 experienced medium-sized specialist companies now serve customers in the different regions of Germany.  In Austria and Switzerland, one Hyster® dealer partner covers all-round service and sales for the lift truck manufacturer.

Latest Molokini News

When is the best time to send...


So, your press release is drafted and ready to send, but when is the best time to launch your news to the media?

Molokini Takes to Twitter and...


On the 1st February, the Molokini Marketing team set up a live Twitter board at the Worthing Assembly Hall on behalf of Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce to showcase the buzzing businesses at the Better Business Event 2018. 

Stopham Vineyard Launches...


Stopham Vineyard (founded in 2007 when winemaker Simon Woodhead planted 21,000 vines across 15-acres in Sussex) unveiled a brand-new website early this year, designed and built by Molokini Marketing. 

Logistics and Transport...


To get your year off to a flying start in 2018, you may be thinking about attending materials handling, manufacturing, transport or shipping industry trade shows and forums.

Molokini Site Wins ‘Website...


Luxury Swimming Pool & Spa company Guncast took home the coveted title of ‘Website of the Year’ at this year’s UK Pool & Spa Awards, which were held on the 4th December at The Vox Conference Centre, for a website built earlier this year by Worthing marketing agency, Molokini Marketing.

PR trends to look out for in...


As the year draws to a close, Molokini’s PR experts are looking ahead to 2018’s PR trends. But first, what were the top PR trends this year?