Make the logistics sector attractive to skilled workers
Shortage of skilled labour in the logistics sector
On weekdays, long-distance road vehicles own the right-hand lanes of motorways. And there is a long-distance HGV driver in the cab of every HGV. But this image is deceptive. German logistics operators have problems in attracting skilled recruits. And this despite the fact that the logistics sector offers young people excellent prospects for the future and many and varied training and career opportunities. As a consequence of demographic change, the average age of the workforce in the freight transport and logistics sector is rising constantly. Many employees will be retiring in the next few years. Other factors contributing to the shortage of skilled labour are increased demands placed on the sector and the working conditions that are shaped by the intense competitive pressure on the sector. To make up for the loss of professional drivers as they reach retirement age, over 20,000 new drivers would have to be taken on every year. For this reason, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is providing support to the freight transport and logistics industry in improving the image of occupations in their sector and in ensuring an adequate number of skilled workers in the long term.
However, in a free market economic system, government can only exert limited influence on the aforementioned trend. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is committed to close cooperation with industry, associations and trade unions. Furthermore, patronages for different projects and training initiatives have been assumed. Dorothee Bär, Member of the German Bundestag, State Secretary and Federal Government Coordinator for Freight Transport and Logistics, has for instance assumed the patronage of the "Hello future!" training initiative of the Heinrich Vogel publishing house, which informs schoolchildren in all types of school about chances and opportunities of training occupations in the field of transport and logistics.
Study logistics? Sure.
Whether it be logistics management, supply chain management or business management with a focus on logistics – our institutions of higher education offer many and varied courses in the logistics field. Every year, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure awards the "Freight Transport and Logistics Higher Education Prize" for outstanding higher education courses. With this prize, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure wants to publicize higher education courses in the field of logistics and strengthen the motivation of young people to choose a course of study in the logistics field. Not many of them know that logistics is much more than just transport or warehousing and offers a wide range of jobs. Graduates can, for example, work in manufacturing companies, transport or infrastructure management as well as in wholesale and retail companies.