Logistics is an area where equality is improving rapidly, especially in the crucial role of HGV Driver. As an industry that is in the midst of a nationwide driver shortage there has been no better time for more women to take the wheel and choose a career on the open road.
The Culina Logistics depot at Market Drayton in Shropshire is home to Culina Group’s Head Office. The facility, which is home to 250 staff, was the very first Culina depot back in 1994 when the business was founded. The company’s first customer was Muller, who still share the site today. The 120,000 sq. ft. warehouse has a throughput of 10,000 pallets a week. That’s 1.7 million cases through its 16 loading bays.
The logistics industry is facing a driver shortage of between 45,000 – 50,000 workers and if something isn’t done the deficit will only increase. Currently, 2% of employed drivers are under 25 and with the average age of a HGV driver in Britain being 55 there just aren’t enough qualified people filling the holes left by those retiring. Also, only 1% of HGV drivers are female! Which in my opinion is a number that needs industry-wide encouragement to increase. But what is the solution to these issues?
I think that it is fair to say that we all want to better ourselves in one way or another and what better way to do this than through education. Whether it be reading a book, learning a new skill or taking a course, education makes us better people. Knowledge is power after all!