Perhaps not the first thing that springs to mind when considering a job or your next move after education, logistics is often overlooked. However, the transport industry is absolutely crucial to the supply chain. A fast-moving and thriving sector, there are an abundance of career opportunities in this world.
Your Options After Education
When choosing from your many options after finishing school, you may be presented with the traditional routes of apprenticeships, college or sixth form – some of which inevitably lead on to studying at university. But, if you desire to head straight into the working world with a rewarding and fulfilling career that’ll have you set for life, then you may consider heading into the logistics industry instead. Something not so common but absolutely an intelligent choice to make.
Why A Career In Logistics?
Logistics and supply chain management is regional, national, and global – it is everywhere. Without the sector, the wheels of industry and ultimately the UK economy would grind to a halt. There would be no stock on the shelves, no online shopping, no transferral of goods and so on. Doesn’t that sound an exciting and rewarding career to undertake?
Plus, logistics is a key part of the UK economy, contributing over £127 billion in revenue each year and employing 1.7 million people. That’s around 5% of the entire UK workforce!
Every retail organisation has a supply chain, so this is an area where there are multiple opportunities for employment. Apprenticeships and other higher education alternatives are plentiful in this sector. If you’re looking for an alternative to university, you can study for a logistics or supply chain apprenticeship and get first-hand experience right from the start. Then, come and join one of the many fantastic logistics operators there are in the country, such as Barnes.
Can You Work In Logistics Straight After Education?
It’s also possible to enter the profession straight from school in a planning or transport-related role and then gain the relevant skills on the job.
Whilst once considered ‘trucks and sheds’ and an industry for those low-skilled workers, logistics and supply chain management is today emerging as a highly desirable sector for employment providing an exciting high-tech career for all walks of life. One that is suitable for women as well as men too (to bust a common misconception)
This is thanks in no small part to the deployment of cutting-edge technologies in many of the key areas such as transport management and warehousing. The introduction of AI and robots is set to be an exciting time for the industry.
If you’re thinking of a career in the industry, you’ve come to the right place! Check out our web page for the latest vacancies we have to offer – we’d love to welcome you to the Barnes family.