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CILT gears up for Virtual Careers Fair

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) will host its second annual Virtual Careers Fair on November 6th.

From the comfort of their own home, students and job-seekers are invited to discover how they can break into the logistics profession by watching a live stream of the event via the Institute’s Facebook page.

CILT says the premise for the event is simple – if you ask a teenager what career they are working towards, the odds of them saying ‘logistics and transport’ are alarmingly slim. It says we’ve all heard of how today’s professionals did not plan to step into logistics and transport; instead, fell into their chosen career. Now, as the skills gap looms, CILT says it’s more important than ever before that the industry stops relying on accidents to deliver the next generation of talented individuals.

Recruiters and industry experts will be on hand to inspire future logisticians and promote the sector to a new wave of professionals. A number of recruiters and organisations will be returning to the small screen, including Sainsbury’s, XPO Logistics, DHL and Gleeson Recruitment have signed up, along with newcomers Rolls-Royce, Kuehne + Nagel, the Royal Air Force, Gefco and more.

Students will be able to interact with these organisations and high-profile industry professionals, at no cost, and will ‘gain a head start in understanding the profession and learn more about the opportunities available within the worlds of logistics and transport’.

Richard Atkinson, Director of Engagement, CILT, said: “The next generation is imperative in any industry, especially in a sector like ours that stands between commerce and chaos, literally keeping the UK moving and underpinning our economy. The success of last year’s Virtual Careers Fair was unprecedented, with more than 1,500 people streaming this ground-breaking event live on Facebook. The future success of our profession relies on how well we communicate the opportunities that exist within logistics and transport. I encourage all of our universities to spread the word of this unique Careers Fair to their students and engage with this vital profession.”