IoC News - April 2013

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Multi Modal Show Opens on St Georges Day, NEC Birmingham 23rd April, 2013

Multimodal show, a strong first day interest in the institute form 3Pls looking for quality. Tracey Worth in the middle of data collection on a risk analysis by IOC and Manchester Met Univ for the sector, key issues of fuel, driver age and competitiveness are rising to the top of the future problems faced by our industry.

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Derby Univ at Multimodal logistics trade show at the NEC. Key trade show at the NEC Birmingham, Multimodal. Ming Lim & Tony Anosike meet 3PLs in logistics, they took time out at the Institute of Couriers stand to help with data collection on the IOC research into graduate need for the logistics sector.

UK Mail pilot apprenticeship scheme called 'Appforthat'

UK Mail have partnered with Elmfield Training to roll out a new apprenticeship programme for local young people who are currently struggling to find work. The pilot scheme will last for around 6 months in Leeds, Milton Keynes, Runcorn and Croydon. Apprentices will be found through the local job centres and charity organisations, each recruit will take part in an assessment centre and a 4 week pre-employment training programme.

Successful applicants will receive a minimum of 12 months training, support and start as an apprentice in a permanent position. Apprentices will work to achieve a competency qualification bespoke to UK Mail as well as receiving 75% of a standard salary during their probation period, raising to the salary for the role they are undertaking after 3 months.

Guy Buswell, Chief Executive of UK Mail, said: "At UK Mail we're passionate about our people and eager to help develop the community we live in. With the company's proven track record in successful recruitment and unemployment on the rise, this programme is a great way to tackle this ever prevalent issue and for us to introduce young people into the world of work."

CV Show first day's news

Vans aplenty. Big trucks and workshop kit. The CV show has become a showcase for the light van courier as much as the heavy truck haulier. Ford showcasing their new big transit, Volvo their latest Globetroter truck. Transport Minister Patrick Mcloughlin on hand and IOC brings you a gallery of highlight photos for this years show.

Hot of the press first day photo of Skills for Logistics boss Mick Jackson at the launch of the new Driver first assist programme.

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City Link Couriers hit high level of apprentice appointments.

Nearly 150 employees of premium express parcel carrier City Link have completed a new twelve month apprenticeship programme. Completing the first year's programme created 80 New Positions for 18-25 year olds from September 2013.

The pioneering initiative, believed to be a first for the sector, focused on developing the skills of a range of employees from front-line staff right through to potential managers. The ambitious scheme has not only given employees opportunities to develop their own abilities but has also helped them spread good practice across the business and instill City Link's 'right first time' ethos in teams across the business.

UK's biggest ever home delivery deal for Hermes Couriers

Hermes gets a four-year contract extension to handle the delivery requirements for Next Directory until 2022.

Carole Woodhead, chief executive officer of Hermes UK, said: "By extending this contract until 2022, Next has shown a high level of confidence in our ability to continue to provide a multi-channel solution with a range of flexible and affordable delivery options."

Hermes' myHermes ParcelShop network says it has seen a significant boost in the number of parcels handled as a result of the postal strike over the Easter weekend. In striking areas the average increase was around 10 per cent, but some locations saw volumes double.

The contract sees orders picked and packed daily in Next's distribution centres, which are then delivered overnight into a Hermes regional depot network and distributed to households throughout the UK.

The two companies have been working together since the launch of Next Directory in 1988 and went on to set up the online service and next day delivery option in 2000.