ALC board eyes wider policy horizons

Personnel and personal issues to be part of focus on women and youth

ALC board eyes wider policy horizons
Michael Kilgariff sees the ALC’s focus expanding.



The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) will bring workforce issues into a central policy focus following the organisation’s green light for the move.

Aimed at increasing and encouraging greater diversity in the logistics industry, the added issues will surround participation of youth and women.

As a first step, ALC will organise the first ‘Women in Logistics’ Summit in Melbourne on November 25 to discuss and map a series of strategies ALC will adopt to encourage and retain more women in the logistics industry.

A policy committee of members will now be formed to oversee ALC’s work in this area, including planning for the summit.

Next year, ALC will host a Young Guns in Logistics Conference to develop strategies aimed at boosting the numbers, and fostering professional development, of young people working in the logistics sector. 

"Expanding ALC’s focus to incorporate the policy issue of ‘People’ acknowledges ALC’s commitment to take a greater role in encouraging greater diversity into the logistics industry," ALC managing director Michael Kilgariff says. 

"The perception of the logistics industry and the limited number of women and young people attracted to the logistics sector, is a significant issue for our industry and one in which ALC is determined to take a leadership role.

"For the logistics industry to achieve much needed productivity improvements, we need to have the best possible talent working across all parts of the supply chain.

"Our people are our most important asset, and it is appropriate we give this issue the same strategic focus as we do the areas of infrastructure, regulation, technology and supply chain safety.

"Creating opportunities for women and young people, many of whom are well qualified but cannot access appropriate employment within the industry, would widen the recruitment pool and help bring a new perspective to what is generally an ageing and male-dominated industry."   

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