Philip joined the Department for Transport in February 2015 as Head of the Freight Policy Team. He is currently working with the industry to address the long running labour shortages through the development and delivery of apprenticeships and increasing the diversity of the sector.
He is also working with the devolved administrations to deliver apprenticeships in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, supporting the development of Road to Logistics and establishing routes into logistics for those returning to the workplace and jobseekers with disabilities.
He is the representative for road freight on the Department for Transport’s Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce and the Future of Freight project which seeks to establish the direction for the regulatory framework and infrastructure projects that can best support the growth of the industry.
He has previously held posts at the Government Equalities Office, Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, working in range of areas including Business Sponsorship, International Trade Policy, Competition Policy and Better Regulation.
Philip is an Advisory Board Member at the Centre for Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Cranfield School of Management.
Diversity in Logistics: Achieving balance in business
Philip Martin will be discussing the single biggest challenge for the logistics industry in the immediate future, addressing the current labour shortages. This means finding thousands of fleet engineers, drivers and warehouse staff to tackle the deficits the industry is carrying, and to prepare for the inevitable impact of an aging workforce reaching retirement in large numbers. The reduction in the availability of non-UK workers to fill these positions is intensifying the need for urgent action.
The lack of diversity in the logistics sector is creating an additional hurdle, making the challenge all the more difficult to meet. In this presentation Philip will discuss the excellent examples of employers taking proactive steps to engage with groups underrepresented in the sector, what companies can do to make their commitment to diversity more visible and the support available from Government and other organisations.