A partnership between road transport union URTU, logistics giant XPO and provider Free2Learn has enabled more than 60 contract, agency and managerial stat the Weetabix distribution centre in Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire, to improve their skills by enrolling them on a range of Apprenticeships from Level 2 to Level 5. Read more
Logistics and Warehousing Sector Increasing in Doncaster
Doncaster houses some of the UK’s best logistic centres. With the opening of iPort, six million square feet of Grade A warehousing, thousands of new job opportunities have emerged and Doncaster has become a hub for the logistics and warehousing industry. The iPort already has funding and consent to expand its already large warehousing space of two million square feet into up to six million square feet of logistics space and has direct access to the motorway and UK rail network.
It is not enough to stay that this centre has large facilities and good links, because the future could be uncertain. However, iPort has implemented a plan of sustainability to ensure security and longevity of this location. They have applied energy saving features such as solar power and have reduced carbon emissions through lower HGV movements. This sustainable practice means that the location will be able to thrive and survive for long and it can guarantee job security.
More exciting plans have been discussed- a new development of more than 150 acres will join Doncaster and give way for some big businesses to develop. The area in which this will take place, West Moor Park, is already known for creating 2,500 jobs. This development means that it will offer opportunities to accommodate some of the biggest operators in logistics. Due to such high-reaching proposals, the Doncaster area is set for a high level of confidence in the logistics and warehousing sector.
The opening of a new Amazon centre in Doncaster is set to create over 500 new jobs. Amazon has a released a statement claiming that these new jobs will be full time, will offer competitive pay, and will also offer comprehensive benefits. This new centre will be based at the iPort site and will be the third fulfilment centre in Doncaster for Amazon, denoting that there is certainty of jobs, which is rare in such uncertain times. All these new opportunities in Doncaster create the perfect opening for individuals looking to enter an important and secure industry.
Located in Doncaster, Free2Learn’s Logistics and Warehousing course offers the required skills to succeed in a prominent hub for the Logistics and Warehousing industry. Taking this course will not only grant you all the qualifications to make you an outstanding employee, but it will also help you to create links with various significant companies emerging in this area. You will become skilled in customer services, learn how to effectively lead and encourage a team, acquire warehousing principles, learn to stock control, and gain knowledge in personal development and employability. Taking this course in a city with so much to offer and even more underway, you will be on a perfect path for success in this sector!
The Grenfell Tower tragedy, to be put bluntly, was caused solely by a lack of care and attention to health and safety regulations. The residents of the tower had been noticing, actively complaining, and protesting this absence of attention. In fact, in 2013 they claimed that they would only have one, restricted road for emergency vehicle access after shutting down the car park. During the fire, eye witnesses claimed that this slowed down the fire engine response. The residents also wrote about continuous electrical surges which had been causing fire hazards in the building. Finally, and most eerily, in 2016 residents wrote that ‘a serious fire in the tower block’ would be the only way they could bring the company managing the building ‘to justice.’
The building had only one escape route, boilers and gas pipes were left bare in living rooms and kitchens, there was no building-wide fire alarm or sprinkler system, piles of rubbish were being left outside, blocking exits, fire safety equipment had not been tested for 12 months, there was a lack of fire extinguishers, and the list unfortunately goes on. The newly installed cladding system was a cheaper, more flammable option. It was not installed with fire safety in mind, but it was instead an economic decision. Many residents of the area claim that the whole renovation the building underwent was mainly due to the fact that it was an eyesore for the wealthier residents. Since that was the motive, safety was not kept in mind.
The Health and Safety Executive have strict and clear gas health and safety regulation, yet these are often overlooked. “I don’t think we have seen this sort of fire in the UK before,” said Mike Penning, former fire minister in David Cameron’s government. “We have to check if the existing regulations have been adhered to and it looks to me, from a distance, that that may not be the case.” On the contrary, Rydon, the contractor for the refurbishment, said it “met all required building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards.”
There were constant plans to test fire safety equipment and to replace some of the gas pipes, but the council never put forth any actions despite all of the complaints from the towers’ residents. Health and safety regulations must be met, ensured, and checked constantly. Hopefully, this dreadful occurrence allows for more care to be taken in the future and sends the message that all buildings and homes need to be checked. The horrific fire was anticipated and, most disturbingly, avoidable had those who were supposed to inspect that the building met the gas compliant health and safety regulations done it.