Stronger recruitment and training initiatives are needed to attract more young people into the air cargo industry, delegates attending the ‘Air Cargo Leaders of the Future’ panel, at TIACA’s 2017 Executive Summit heard last week.
Collaboration between supply chain stakeholders to create a more unified and concentrated effort was one concept that could help to enhance the appeal for new talent, the audience was told during the debate.
But the air cargo industry also needed to ensure that more young people are made aware of the opportunities as well as career advancement prospects that are available, something other industries manage well but the air cargo community “seemed to falter at”.
Leading the debate was Charles Edwards, Director — Logistics Strategy, North Carolina Department of Transportation and Chair of TIACA’s Education and Research Committee, and TIACA’s new Chairman Sebastiaan Scholte, Chief Executive Officer at Jan de Rijk Logistics.
Also taking part in the panel was Frank Diaz, Sr. Manager, Network Planning & Business Excellence at Atlas Air, who spoke about how he will be taking part in TIACA’s forthcoming training scheme in the Miami region in the coming months.
Scholte then discussed highlights from TIACA’s most recent training initiative, which saw young professionals from six companies in the Netherlands complete a program of visits that were aimed at improving collaboration.
The two initiatives complement the Professional Development Workshop Program, designed by Strategic Aviation Solutions International (SASI) in partnership with TIACA.
The program gives participants an appreciation of the entire air cargo supply chain and the component sectors by encouraging discussion and the sharing of perspectives, as well as providing practical advice and insight.
For more information on TIACA’s training initiatives, contact Warren Jones, Executive Director, TIACA on +1 786 265 7011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org