More than one in three road freight transport managers plans to leave the industry in the next five years, according to a Freight Transport Association (FTA) survey on the UK’s freight recruitment challenges, with the figure significantly up compared with 12 months ago.
FTA said the figure of 34% had increased by a third since last year, clarifying that all the transport managers surveyed were nominated CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) holders for the purposes of their company’s Operator Licence.
It said the full results of the FTA’s Transport Manager survey would be revealed at its Transport Manager conference series touring the UK from 9 September until December. It said the conferences would give transport managers and those in charge of road transport fleets the opportunity to hear from key industry speakers and experts such as their local Traffic Commissioner on the latest issues affecting their operation, preparing them for the year ahead.
One of the key sessions examines the issue of how to maintain a skilled workforce, including where to go for new staff, how to engage with the staff you have and what training and development opportunities are there for the future.
Other sessions at FTA Transport Manager 2015 include:
Managing the road network and congestion – in particular issues surrounding Operation Stack;
Driver crisis – where are new drivers going to come from?
Next generation enforcement – linked in with earned recognition;
Euro VI, have our concerns and fears been confirmed?
The Traffic Commissioners on their priorities for the coming year;
The implications for drivers following the inquiry into the Glasgow bin lorry accident;
Summary of air quality and environmental measures.
TFA said there would be a clear action plan at the end of most sessions for delegates to take away with them and apply to their own operation.