Results of a recent survey carried out by the UK’s largest female business community, everywoman, show women working within the transport and logistics industry believe their career aspirations can be met.
The survey, conducted at the 2nd annual everywoman in Transport and Logistics Leadership Academy, also highlighted the need for more female role models, work flexibility and influential mentors to help enhance careers.
Nearly 80% of attendees at this year’s Academy, held in partnership with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and the National Skills Academy for Logistics, agreed that action needs to be taken to attract more female talent to the industry.
Representatives from a range of companies including MAN Truck & Bus UK, Asda, CEVA Logistics, DHL, TNT, Royal Mail and Wincanton gathered to share their views and opinions on what they feel stands between them and their career goals. They welcomed the news that senior executives had agreed, in a roundtable meeting prior to this year’s everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards, that the industry needs to do more to communicate the opportunities to the wider female workforce, graduates and school leavers.
Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman, said: “Transport & Logistics is an industry that women find offers a rewarding and varied career, once they are employed in it. And yet awareness of the opportunities it offers is low and an area we need to focus on if we want to ensure more women bring their talents to it.” She added: “The good news is that industry leaders are aware of this and, importantly, are committed to do more to change it.”
The roundtable meeting concluded with an agreement to commit to a long-term strategy to focus attention on career prospects within transport and logistics. Graduate programmes, an image overhaul, to make the sector more appealing to woman and the promotion of industry female role models were all confirmed as initial, essential steps towards the goal.
Benson confirmed that The FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards and the Leadership Academy continue to have a key role to play in addressing some of the challenges highlighted.
Theo de Pencier, FTA Chief Executive, said: “The key for our industry is to be able to access a wider talent pool to be able to meet its need for good quality staff in whichever roles it needs to fill.” He also pointed out that the industry should keep focused on the goal, adding: “We’ve got to keep at it and suddenly three years later we’ll find attitudes have changed.”