The World Bank has engaged the Kühne Logistics University with the support of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport to conduct a study of skills, competences and training in logistics.
The project, which is headed by professor Alan McKinnon, head of logistics at Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg, is linked to the World Bank’s bi-annual Logistics Performance Indicator survey.
This ranks countries in terms of their logistics performance – in 2014 the UK came 4th out of 160 countries, behind Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.
One of the six criteria used to judge performance is ‘logistics competence’ and many countries achieve poor ratings partly because their logistics workforce lacks the necessary skills. The new study is reviewing the available evidence on logistics skills shortages, training provision and certification around the world. It is also examining the opportunities for transferring best practice in logistics recruitment, training and accreditation from developed countries, such the UK, Germany and the US, into emerging markets.
Logistics specialists are being to give us their views on the availability of logistics skills, methods of recruitment and retention and ways of making careers in logistics more appealing to potential applicants.
It should only take you around 15 minutes to complete the online questionnaire and, if you include your email address, the research team will send you a copy of the summary report later in the year.