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Employers Partner With The University of Huddersfield To Address Skills Shortage

The University of Huddersfield is working with a group of employers to launch a new scheme to encourage talented students to develop a career within logistics and supply chain management - a field where there continues to be a significant skills shortage.

The scheme results from an initiative by leading firms in the sector, including BiS Henderson, which is a leader in supply chain recruitment; logistics companies Wincanton, Unipart Logistics and Lloyd Fraser and manufacturer Premier Foods.

These companies have come together to form Novus Trust to manage the scheme through the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. Other major employers such as Sainsbury's, John Lewis, Arla, Lafarge, Network Rail, Hermes and Clipper are amongst those also backing the scheme.

meeting the needs of industry through high level skills

Students will study for a BSc (Hons) in Logistics & Supply Chain Management at Huddersfield and will be selected for academic ability and potential to succeed in the industry. They will join one of the University's leading professional undergraduate courses, which all have a strong emphasis on relevance to industry needs.

Employers will support the course by offering mentoring, placement opportunities and industry led sessions and site visits. Successful students will also be guaranteed a graduate job with one of the supporting employers on completion of the programme.

long term impact

The combination of stimulating, high quality degree programme, industry support and interaction and, best of all, the guarantee of a job in this exciting industry will enable the course to attract high calibre students.

Paul Brooks, Chair of Skills for Logistics and Sales Director at Unipart commented:

"The industry requires a new way to attract talent. We've got some brilliant people across our industry, and adding to this, the Novus Trust and the University of Huddersfield will create a long-term sustainable difference to our pipeline of leadership talent."

(pictured left to right: University of Huddersfield's David Leach, Senior Lecturer, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Dr Nick Hubbard, Head of Division of Logistics, Transport & Tourism and Associate Dean of The Business School Professor Colin Bamford; Andy Kaye, CEO, BiS Henderson, Neil McConchie, Managing Director, Lloyd Fraser, Chris Chaplin, Customer Services & Logistics Director, Premier Foods & Steve Agg, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport)

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