A week long calendar of events to promote the awareness of supply chain career opportunities for students, new entrants and people considering a change of career has been launched by the Minister of State with the responsibility for international and road transport and logistics, Jack Chambers. The events are to take place in Cork and throughout Ireland during the week of March 27 until April 1.
The sector accounted for around €6.5 billion worth of total gross value added to the Irish economy in 2021. In addition, a total of 108,500 people were employed in the sector in Q3 of 2022, of which 81% were men and 19% women.
During Monday’s launch, Minister Chambers said that a ‘highly skilled, diverse and dynamic logistics and supply chain sector’ was vital for a vibrant Irish economy.
"This Logistics Week, which is the first of its kind ever to take place in Ireland, will help to promote skills development, career opportunities and best practice.
"The sector has an important role to play in keeping vital goods available to people and business. Last year, Ireland’s exports of goods reached a record level of €208billion, this is an increase of more than €42 billion compared with 2021.
"Imports also increased, up by 35%, so there is no doubt that this sector is hugely supporting our socio-economic activity."
One of the aims of the planned Logistics Week was to engage supply chain industry executives on the changing skills which were required in the sector, and would be required into the future.
The week, which was an initiative of the the Logistic and Supply Chains Skills Group, will consist of in-person and online events at both national and regional level. Founded in 2019 to address the skills needs of the logistics and supply chain sector, and currently chaired by a Department of Transport representative, the LSCSG’s membership also includes haulage and logistics sector representatives, education and training providers and all relevant Government Departments.
To view a full schedule of the events taking place during Logistics Week and for further information on the logistics and supply chain sector in Ireland, visit Gov.ie/LogisticsWeek and follow the hashtag #LogisticsWeek on social media.