MP Seema Malhotra visits West Thames College LSA Logistics Centre.



Seema Malhotra, MP for Feltham and Heston visited LSA logistics centre to see the facilities, learn the current offer (Warehousing & Storage, Forklift, Reach Truck, employability training and Apprenticeships) and understand how West Thames College, working with others such as JCP, DWP and employers, are bringing funded courses to new recruits in logistics to deliver local people into jobs for local employers. The talk was all about what more LSA will be offering in the context of post-COVID economic recovery, skills development and job opportunities with an ever greater focus on home delivery and express courier.

Seema met forklift students (JCP referrals) on the day and trainers explained the Logistics delivery with a warehouse and demo of the Linde fork trucks. She met Judith Yemane from our the West Thames College team who is responsible for the administrative side of things, including liaison with JCP and learners. Judith explained how easy the step from JCP to the course was for candidates.

Seema Malhotra was also briefed on the good news stories in logistics jobs for locals.

  • Burgeoning e-retail and express delivery to door throughout the lockdown
  • Significance of this for the College with proximity to Heathrow; employer links etc.
  • Large-scale jobs creation announcements by DPD and Hermes
  • Destination data for our unemployed W&S, forklift and reach truck learners - >30% into employment
  • The express delivery pre-employment introduction programme that we are working on with you and Alex (DWP) and the potential this has for progression to Apprenticeships and job creation

LSA support for recruitment in Express logistics

Eight units and one hundred hours all about Express logistics
Free of charge - an introduction to the sector for the next generation

LSA working with DWP Job Centre have sorted a six-week introductory course to express logistics. The six-week course is paid for by Job Centre with over a hundred hours of learning, it draws from eight units in the employer operator-developed express apprenticeship and is free for the express logistics company and free for the candidate. As an introduction to Express, it sits across all streams - driver, sortation and office. It opens with ‘what is this thing we call Express?’ looks at brand, looks at the business model for the final mile, explains the numeracy for the package, volume to weight and pricing and covers national, regional geography with postcodes and logistics hotspots.

Think of this as your recruitment tool, and it's free

LSA chair, Carl Lomas explains - "think of this assisting your recruitment; it brings a new candidate to you for an interview with a solid grounding in what the Express sector is about. Candidates have to be unemployed, they take part in the course delivered by local colleges, get a solid grounding in the Express sector, then come to you for an interview; driver, sortation or office. The course is based around an extract of the existing learner journal, it has unit learning, top operator tips, knowledge checkers and case studies. It's paper-based and interactive; candidates interact with their notes to make the first step to knowledge to enter our express final mile sector." Top tips, interpretation notes and even a knowledge checker to help candidates in their first step to a new job role in express home delivery.

It's an email away - Mehdi Farr at West Thames College, LSA explains, ‘It’s a FREE six-week course - use it as your recruitment tool. West Thames College delivers it and the candidate arrives for an interview with a foundation of knowledge to begin their journey in express logistics with you. First candidates will be ready for the peak in October. If you want to interview these candidates email me for a callback, Mehdi Farr This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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