Ireland’s logistics and supply chain businesses are the country’s unsung heroes, providing the materials and goods required to power the economy, from food to construction materials, medicines to furniture and more. But with so many people failing to realise the critical role the sector plays in keeping Ireland trading, more than 30,000 (forecast demand to 2025) logistics and supply chain vacancies currently exist as people overlook the employment opportunities the industry provides in favour of more familiar careers.
The first national Logistics and Supply Chain Skills Week aims to change perceptions about the industry, by raising awareness of the sector and promoting the opportunities available for those seeking a new, exciting job. To be held from 27 March to 1 April, the week will include events at a national and local level which will provide the opportunity to discuss live vacancies with employers and explore the opportunities for training and development which are available right now.
“Logistics is at the heart of all economic activity in Ireland,” explains Aidan Flynn, CEO of business group FTA Ireland, which represents the sector, “yet many of us have never questioned how goods arrive at our businesses, schools, hospitals and home. The first Logistics and Supply Chain Skills Week will highlight the wealth of jobs currently available in the sector, and the skills needed to take up the opportunities, as well as discussing training and development programmes such as apprenticeships which are available to help the next generation of workers make the step into employment.”
Minister of State Jack Chambers TD will officially open the week on 27 March, with events taking place during the week including a briefing supported by the National Apprenticeship Office to showcase the Transport Operations and Commercial Driving Apprenticeship and an in-person event in Limerick covering the Logistics & Supply Chain Challenges & Opportunities to be held on 30 March. In addition, members of the Logistics & Supply Chain Skills Group will be holding an online webinar to provide information and advice on taking up Supply chain apprenticeships and traineeships.
“While the economy is currently facing a host of employment and economic challenges, it is vital that our industry focuses on ensuring that the supply chain is future proofed, not least in developing the next generation of talent at a time when employment is almost full. Logistics and Supply Chain Skills Week will highlight the vibrant careers available in our industry, as well as the training and education opportunities available to support career progression and ensure the Irish economy is protected. Working with other sectors of business, I am confident that logistics and supply chain can continue to drive the economy forwards and remain at the heart of Irish development in the months and years to come.”