The Transport-Logistics Skills Formation Strategy will cover several approaches to sustaining the complex supply chains and transport and logistics (T&L) industries across the State, including:
- industry-related associations
- geographical centres of gravity for T&L sub-industries
- small-to-medium enterprises within the T&L industry
- any other industry specific engagement approach unique/relevant to the T&L ecosystem in Queensland.
The T&L industry covers a range of sub-sectors, including road transport, warehousing/storage, stevedoring, rail, logistics, maritime and aviation and the complexity and variety of skills, career paths and vocational challenges which the industry can offer workers from other industries remains relatively unexplored.
While there are specific/unique workforce planning issues that effect some sub-industry sectors in isolation, generally speaking, some of the broader issues affecting the industry as a whole include:
- aging workforce
- male dominance
- lack of formal management qualifications
- lack of perceived career pathways
- lack of industry appeal
- poor career profiling and marketing
- economic stressors, such as fuel prices etc
- operational stressors, such as long/complicated/nationally-dependent supply lines
- complicated regulatory/licensing issues.