The programme is an excellent way to address the logistics skills shortage

The Career Ready activities give students a basis for identifying a career and setting themselves objectives to achieve it.

Who are you?

I’m Jim French, Director of PD Portcentric Logistics at PD Ports. I’m LAB Chair and a Mentor at Stockton Riverside College in Teesside and in 2016 I was awarded Volunteer of the Year. 

Why did you get involved in Career Ready?

After meeting with Think Logistics I got involved with Stockton Riverside College to establish the first Career Ready Logistics programme in Teesside. The programme is an excellent way to address the skills shortage in the logistics industry.

What has been your biggest achievement with Career Ready?

Attracting 14 students to join the first ever logistics programme in Teesside and encouraging them to develop themselves and take full advantage of their potential for a career in logistics.

Why would you recommend supporting Career Ready to other employers?

This programme gives you the opportunity to pass on some of your experience and knowledge to young people and help them in developing a career for themselves. You also get to meet with fellow employers and organisations in your area. 

The activities help prepare young people for the work environment and give them a basis for identifying a career and setting themselves objectives to achieve it.

By putting something back into your own industry it makes it even more rewarding.

How does it feel to be recognised as Volunteer of the Year?

I hope that winning this award will help to raise more awareness of career opportunities within the logistics industry and gain more support for the Think Logistics initiative, so we can have a real impact on the skills shortage the sector faces.