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Words: Laura Hailstone THIRTY PER cent of ex-armed forces personnel placed on work experience through the £1.4m government-funded Military Work Placement Scheme (MVVPS) have been offered a job in logistics in the first two months of the scheme. The Skills for Logistics (Sit) initiative, launched in November, is expected to fund nearly 1,000 two-week work placements by the end of the pilot in March.
Sit said the scheme can help logistics and haulage firms address their skills requirements. "The logistics sector requires skilled labour, particularly to fill driver shortages. Skilled labour exists in the armed forces but often does not, or cannot, transfer effectively into civilian job roles," said Sit chief executive Mick Jackson.
Through the MVVPS, service personnel are given sector-specific information, advice, and help to identify how their skills match roles in the logistics sector, ahead of a two-week work placement. They also benefit from a guaranteed job interview and feedback.
"We are seeing fantastic enthusiasm for the MVVPS. We have received more than 2,000 placement offers from logistics companies, including Kuehne + Nagel, TNT, Gist, Norbert Dentressangle, Boots and DIAL," said Jackson.
"Employers want to get involved in the scheme, and we hope there is a way for it to continue after the funds cease in March." •