Russell Warehousing are excited to be working with the Logistics Academy in supporting and developing young people. The Logistics Academy is run in partnership with Renfrewshire Council, West College Scotland and Developing the Young Workforce.  The programme aims to increase opportunities for local young people and encourage them to consider a career within logistics.  Young people on the programme have the chance to complete their counterbalance forklift, achieve automotive qualifications at West College Scotland and complete work experience with a local logistics company.

This year, Russell Warehousing have been delighted to provide work experience opportunities for five young people from the programme; Dylan O’Hare, Arron Hood (Renfrew High School), Dylan Brown, Cameron Coughtrie & Cameron Davies (Johnstone High School). The young people have had a chance to see what it’s like to work in a warehousing environment and get hands on experience of the whole process. The first young person from the programme, Dylan O’Hare, has already gained a mechanical engineering apprenticeship with the NHS. He managed to secure this apprenticeship by discussing the experience he gained at Russell Logistics within his interview.

We have received a wide range of skills and met a great deal of new people who have helped us learn and expand our forklift knowledge.  They have also helped develop our interest within logistics and we are now hoping to gain apprenticeships within the logistics industry.’ Cameron, Dylan and Cammy - Johnstone High School

‘The logistics programme, and particularly the placement opportunity offered by Russell Logistics, has provided this group of Renfrewshire young people with an exceptional work-based learning experience.  Many of the young people involved had never considered career pathways in this industry but the labour market information tells us that this sector is thriving.' Raymond Kane , Development Officer:  Skills for Learning, Life and Work Children’s Services, Renfrewshire Council