Imagine being responsible for sorting out the CO2 crisis during the World Cup? A Europe-wide shortage of CO2 is currently affecting the supply of soft drinks and beer that could affect the celebrations as the England team continues to progress through the tournament.

Supply chain crises frequently become high profile, with KFC being forced to close its stores earlier this year after the supply of its chicken was disrupted.

Meanwhile, confectionery giant Mars, is negotiating a deal to secure the production of vanilla from farmers in Madagascar after crop failure in the country which supplies 80% of the world’s supply of this popular ingredient used in ice cream and chocolate bars.

These crises and the issues they raise form the lifeblood of the logistics industry which contributes 23% to the overall GVA of the Leicester and Leicestershire LEP area, with 10% of the UK’s fleet being registered in the East Midlands.

Logistics is also central to the economy of Coventry and Warwickshire and its transport links are the envy of the UK, providing access to 500 million consumers across Europe via easily-accessible air, road and rail networks.

But the sector could be facing a skills shortage as new technologies transform the way that goods are moved around the country and the world. According to an UKCES report only 9% of the workforce are currently aged under 25.

North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College is helping to tackle the skills shortage head on with opportunities to join this exciting industry through its wide range of logistics courses, starting at entry level through distance learning and moving up to CIPS professional qualifications in supply chain management.

In addition, the College is spearheading a bid to secure government funding for a dedicated Logistics Institute of Technology at Magna Park near Rugby in partnership with Aston University and is awaiting a decision later this year.

Visit the College’s website for more information on courses and careers in logistics.