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Future skills top of the agenda at FTA Ireland event

While debate continues on the future trading relationships between Ireland and the rest of Europe, logistics operators are also facing uncertainty on the size and scope of its future workforce, with many young people unclear on the career opportunities which logistics could offer to them. And whether your organisation operates one vehicle or a fleet of trucks and vans, with Brexit set to change the complexion of the nation’s workforce, now is a vital time to establish a resilient recruitment policy which will help businesses to survive in the changing economic climate.

Places are selling fast for the Freight Transport Association of Ireland (FTAI)’s 2018 Transport Manager Conference, at which Dr Mary Liz Trant, Executive Director for Skills Development SOLAS, will be discussing the potential training opportunities open to the transport and logistics sector, including apprenticeships, traineeships and other changes to engage with young people, while Tony Donohoe, Chair of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, will lead a discussion on how industry can prepare for the future by engaging in training and education.
The event, to be held at the Johnstown House Hotel and Spa on 28 March 2018, will also feature a briefing from the Personal Injuries Assessment Board on the role of the board, looking at a number of case studies and how the procedure works for both employer and employee claims, as well as news from Customs and Revenue on ways in which businesses can continue to thrive after the UK leaves the European Union.

“Identifying and retaining talent is crucial to the ongoing success of Ireland’s logistics industry – and by default, of the nation’s business as a whole,” says Aidan Flynn, General Manager of FTA Ireland. “At such an uncertain time, it is critical that logistics businesses are prepared to recruit and retain the very best talent, to keep Irish trade moving freely, and the 2018 Transport Manager Conference will provide operators with the very latest news on the opportunities which exist within apprenticeships and training to keep the sector front of mind with potential recruits.”

Other speakers at the event will include the CEO of the Road Safety Authority, Moyagh Murdoch, the head of Brexit for Customs and Revenue and representatives from other key organisations within the freight sector, who will focus on a wide range of topics affecting the industry, with the opportunity for delegates to ask questions and expand their knowledge to the benefit of their businesses.

“No one knows what trading conditions will be like in ten years’ time, or even in one year,” continues Flynn, “and with such a rapidly changing business environment, it is vital that logistics operators keep themselves as aware as possible of all the different elements which could have an effect on their ability to work efficiently and profitably. The FTAI Transport Manager Conference has an unparalleled line up of speakers already confirmed, who will be sharing their expertise with attendees – I would urge operators of all sizes and in all business areas to attend.”

Tickets for this year’s FTAI Transport Manager Conference, sponsored by Bridgestone, Brigade, enprova and Harris Group are now on sale priced at €250 + VAT per delegate (Early bird rate: €200 + VAT) for FTAI members and €300 + VAT per delegate (Early bird rate: €200 + VAT) for non-members. To book, please call 01 844 7516 or book online at