TLISC E-Scan 2014

The Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) has released its 2014 Environmental Scan. The annual Environmental Scan is a key publication of TLISC’s which follows extensive consultations with key stakeholders across the transport and logistics industry. This year’s report identifies several new challenges emerging for the industry including the challenge of navigating the workforce needs demanded by new integrated intermodal hubs, the challenge of deploying new technology that continues to create demand for new skills among others.

To little surprise considering its growing importance to the industry the report emphasises the importance of training as a driver to productivity and profit. TLISC research has forecast that the proportion of the industry’s workforce requiring qualifications will increase substantially over the next five years if businesses are to remain competitive.

TLISC referencing Hays latest Quarterly Report states that continued investment in education and training that targets employee productivity and increases employee skill sets yields an estimated benefit of $20.4 billion. It therefore is important that businesses continue to develop the skills of their workforce especially considering TLISC estimating at minimum 55,800 new qualifications will be needed in the Logistics sector alone between 2013 – 2017. Within this timeframe it is estimated that there will be job openings of 151,000 on top of the already 797,000 employed in Transport and Logistics operations. The occupation with the largest expected increase is Truck Driver with an expected job creation of 42,200.

To emphasis the growing importance of training within the industry TLISC identifies the need to facilitate co-investment and collaboration between industry and government as one of its key priorities for the year especially considering a time of declining government subsidies and industry investment.

The full document can be accessed at