When most people think of heavy commercial vehicles and logistics, most automatically assume that the drivers are male. This is not surprising as generally the logistics and transport sectors are saturated by male employees, however the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and women across the UK are doing their best to change this misconception. For example, six years ago the FTA launched their Everywoman Logistics Awards, which celebrates the best female employees in the industry, and also comes up with new ways to attract women to the transport and logistics sectors.
Today, the finalists for the Everywoman Logistics Awards were revealed, with a variety of women up for an award across seven different categories: Rising Star of the Year Award, Driver of the Year Award, Director of the Year Award, The Warehousing Award, Industry Champion Award, Innovation and Sustainability Award and Team leader of the Year Award. Discussing the awards, co-founder of everywoman Maxine Benson MBE said: “Diversity is high on the agenda in the transport and logistics sector and the finalists announced today demonstrate that change is happening in terms of the gender balance.”
“They are proof that there are no barriers to success in the industry if you are committed and have the drive to succeed. These trailblazers are evidence of the opportunities the industry offers women at all stages of their career. Whether it is through leadership roles, managing a warehouse, as a driver or just at the start of their career, these women exhibit the skills that position them ahead of their peers.” Meanwhile, chief executive of the FTA Theo de Pencier said: “FTA is exceptionally proud to be the Title Partner of the 2013 everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards.”
“Women are an essential part of every aspect of supply chains, from drivers and warehouse staff, to transport managers and managing directors. Industry cannot be passive in attracting women, and the FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistcs Awards are the perfect opportunity to showcase how women can make a career in transport a successful and fulfilling one which is why FTA is delighted to support this event. FTA is leading by example through the high proportion of female specialists and managers it employs and women also hold key positions on its Main Operating Board.”
Women who are looking for a career change or are keen to get into the logistics sector are often met with little information on training, how to find cheap commercial vehicle insurance, or even where to look for work. This is why it is great to see industry leaders trying to make the logistics and transport sectors more welcoming to women, and hopefully create more gender balanced workforces in the future.