The 'everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards' 2008 are now open for entries
These inaugural awards aim to highlight the industrys inspirational women and celebrate their outstanding successes and achievements.
In association with Skills for Logistics, these awards aim to highlight the contributions that women are making to this field and to encourage more women to pursue a career within the sector. Role models who quash the pre-conceived idea that the industry is a place where only men can make it to the top, will act as an inspiration to others. With 7 out of 10 jobs in London alone expected to be taken by women between now and 2016, there has never been a better time to start celebrating the talent of women working within the UKs non-traditional sectors.
There are seven award categories, ranging from Newcomer of the Year Award - for the woman who has excelled in her apprenticeship or graduate trainee programme Commercial Driver of the Year Award for the woman who has excelled in her role as a driver and the prestigious Woman of the Year Award for the woman who serves as an outstanding role model, encouraging more women to choose a career in transport and logistics.
Other categories include The Customer Service Award, The Warehousing Award, Industry Trainer of the Year Award and Company of the Year Award. everywoman is inviting nominations until 31 March 2008 from all women who work in transport and logistics. Entrants can simply fill out a nomination form (available online) and provide two references.
This years line up of nine judges includes Hilary Devey MD of Pall-Ex Group and Lucinda Ward, Marketing & Research Director of Skills for Logistics. Joining them will be Nikki King OBE, Managing Director of Isuzu Truck (UK) Ltd, Rebecca Jenkins Sales Director UK & Ireland for Wincanton, Valerie Todd, Managing Director of Group Services Transport for London, Terry Marsh Director of WISE, and Toni Eastwood OBE Training & Development Director at everywoman.
A glittering awards ceremony and luncheon will be held at the Marriot Hotel, Grosvenor Square, on Thursday 12th June 2008, when politicians, media, captains of industry, companies who recognise the value of a diverse workplace, and the industrys most successful women will gather to honour outstanding female success.
Skills for Logistics is excited about being a part of these innovative awards - it is vitally important that women in logistics are recognised for their commitment to the sector. Women represent less than 1% of HGV drivers, 11 % in warehouse and storage management roles, and 18% transport and distribution management roles, yet it is evident that they have the skills required to progress in the industry. We are keen to encourage more women to become a part of this lively and crucial industry sector and to raise awareness of the type of roles available within it. Through the everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards we are looking to demonstrate that successful careers are achievable within the sector, comments Lucinda Ward, Director of Marketing & Research at Skills for Logistics, the Sector Skills Council for the freight logistics industries.
Maxine Benson, Co-founder of everywoman remarks, "There is a shortage of female talent working in the Transport & Logistics industry and these awards seek to change that. The everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards will shine the spotlight on the women who are succeeding across the various sectors of this industry, highlighting their achievements and in doing so, inspiring more women to consider a career in Transport & Logistics."
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Founded in September 1999, Everywoman Ltd is the UKs leading provider of training, resources and support services for women in business, thought leaders in womens business development and promoters of women in business and gender diversity. Its mission is to Inspire Women to Excel. Everywoman works to increase the number, and raise the status, of women in the UK economy, using their experience and expertise to help women achieve their aspirations and realise their business ambitions. everywoman delivers conferences and events, awards programmes, training and leadership programmes.
It developed the UKs first, and largest, online resource for women business owners, which now has 31,000 members.