Lancaster & Morecambe College (LMC) recently hosted a constructive, round-table discussion with key stakeholders to discuss the on-going development of Port and Logistics Industries in the local area. This is a growth sector in our district, with upwards of 4,000 people employed locally and yet there are currently no education pathways for post-16 learners; so representatives from around 20 local & national businesses, Higher Education institutions and LMC met to discuss how to address the local skills shortage.
The aim of the first meeting was to set up a steering group with local experts, to help and support the development of a post-16 curriculum offer which will meet the specific needs of the industry. The collaboration will help overcome some of the current and potential challenges they face; an ageing workforce, a lack of skills and understanding of the industry and wider knowledge of the careers available within the Port and Logistics sectors.
Taking part in the discussion were representatives from EDF Energy, Lancaster City Council, Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership, Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce, Seatruck Ferries, Lancaster Port Commission, Kidd’s Transport, SCS Logistics, Peel Ports, Lancaster Training Services, Lancaster University, University of Cumbria, University of Central Lancashire and local awarding organization, Ascentis. Following the first meeting, it was agreed that the main priority is to raise the profile of the Port & Logistics Industry locally, with increased knowledge & understanding of the breadth of employment opportunities available within the sector.
With over 95% of imports entering the UK via ports, the growth of both Heysham & Glasson Dock will continue to provide a wealth of employment locally and addressing the current skills shortage is essential. From September 2020, LMC will be preparing people for this industry, with the introduction of new courses. Come along to one of our upcoming Open Evenings to find out more.