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Get a load of the talent

08 January 2019

The Talent in Logistics event is dedicated to promoting logistics recruitment and supporting staff retention. The event is moving to Milton Keynes for 2019 and the team will unveil a white paper on student perceptions of logistics in the coming months.

Talent in Logistics is dedicated to the recruitment, development, engagement and retention of the 2.2 million+ people working in the transport, logistics and warehousing sector. An industry that keeps Britain moving and contributes over £120 billion to the UK economy every year.

Founded in 2017, they were specifically developed to support HR, L&D and Operational professionals within the industry and aim to encourage organisations to address skills challenges and invest in training and career progression. Part of their mission is to support the retention of staff and attract new employees, promoting the importance of recruiting talent from groups that are currently under-represented within logistics. 

Working to be the go-to voice for advice on attracting, developing and engaging blue collar workers, Talent in Logistics will share knowledge and advice on many topics. Most recently encouraging flexible working, youth employment and employee engagement. On the agenda for 2019 are items such as mentoring and roles for ex-offenders and ex-military. Working collaboratively with leading organisations they will offer research and thought leadership, provide tools and create discussions to help employers and champion those that work within the industry. 

As part of their research, Talent in Logistics attended WorldSkills UK Live in November 2018 to understand young people’s perception of the industry. Students were asked to fill out a survey to share their thoughts on the industries that appear most attractive to them, what they’d like to find in a future employer and if they’d consider a career in logistics. These results will form a whitepaper and will be shared in the upcoming months. 


As well as working collaboratively with industry throughout the year, Talent in Logistics will also host an annual awards and conference on 27th June 2019. With 2019 being the 3rd year and with a new team on board they are taking a new approach, with a range of new additions and updates to make it the must-visit event for HR, L&D and Operational professionals within the sector. 2019 is expected to attract hundreds of delegates who will gather to share knowledge and celebrate those who keep the cogs of the industry running daily. 


Being held at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, the daytime event will host conference sessions, exhibitors, live competitions and networking zones. 

Split into three theatres; Attract, Develop and Engage, this year’s conference will be jam packed with panel discussions, seminars and Q&A sessions including: what future roles in logistics look like; embracing a diverse and inclusive culture; workforce development; how to retain talent through employee engagement and top tips for a first time manager.

Live competitions

Returning to the line-up will be the ever-popular live grand final of the Forklift Operator of the Year competition – sponsored by Unicarriers UK - where finalists will be put through their paces with a number of interactive challenges to demonstrate skill and safety through both technical knowledge and practical lift truck operation. The competition is open to those who live in the UK and they must be a qualified counterbalance lift truck operator who have received training within the past three years.

New for 2019 will be the LGV Driver of the Year competition, which will celebrate driver’s skills, safety and efficiency. Nominees must be a professional LGV driver of CAT C or C+E trucks.

The first part of the entry includes an online application opening on 7th January and closing on 4th March, nominees will then be judged on their written piece which will determine shortlisting for the heats taking place on 5th, 6th and 7th April. The top 10 from the heats will make it to the grand final on 27th June. 

Awards ceremony

The annual awards celebration held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Milton Keynes. The Talent in Logistics Awards are dedicated to recognising and rewarding the people that keep the logistics industry and country, moving every day.

With 15 new and improved award categories this year brings even more opportunity for stand-out individuals, teams and organisations to showcase how they have gone above and beyond and made real differences within the industry. The evening, presented by a celebrity host, will begin with a drinks reception and three course dinner, followed by the ceremony and entertainment until the early hours. 

Don’t miss out

Make sure you don’t miss out on the event of the year, a time to join with your fellow colleagues for a day of personal and professional development and an evening of celebrating successes. Whether it be through attendance, award entry, exhibiting or sponsorship – make sure you get involved!

For more information contact Talent in Logistics on 01952 520216 or email talentinlogistics@capitb.co.uk, alternatively visit their website www.talentinlogistics.co.uk.