Training and skills: sharp focus for incoming CILT president Beverley Bell12 May 2015

The transport sector’s skills gap and the need for better training were two of the key issues raised by Beverley Bell at the inauguration lunch earlier this week to mark her presidency of the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport.

Bell, also the UK's senior traffic commissioner, said the poor profile of the sector was disproportionate to the revenue it generates for the national economy – supply chain, transport and logistics brings in £92 million.

She also told the 90-strong audience that there is a need to challenge stereotypes, such as the 'typical lorry driver', to attract more people to join the profession.

More than £900 was raised at the lunch for Aspire, CILT's charitable careers foundation.

Laura Cork

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