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DHL targets logistics skills shortage with AR training as Hermes recruits UK drivers

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DHL and Hermes have introduced new training schemes, with the former making use of augmented reality (AR), to address the shortage of logistics skills.

The Iberian subsidiary of DHL Supply Chain has launched its first of five ‘Advanced Training Centres’ in Guadalajara.

The centre will feature around 35 professional teachers providing instruction in common skills such as warehouse operations as well as more general management skills.

Students will use technologies such as 3D glasses and simulators to learn about warehouse management, as well as experience common warehouse operations through a test lab.

Once all five centres are launched, DHL hopes to train over 1500 candidates per year.

Roberto Pascual, CEO of DHL Supply Chain Iberia, said: “For DHL, the training of our employees is a priority.

“From my point of view, it is one of the areas in which the investment is more necessary and effective, both for the employee and for the company.”

Juan Sánchez, HR director of DHL Supply Chain Iberia, said: “Innovation applied to selective training is of great value to ensure that the people who will be part of the staff are familiar with the context and have operational capacity in large warehouse environments in which they probably have not previously developed, and which require specific knowledge to guarantee, first, their safety and that of their colleagues, and then, the correct operation of the centre that, on occasion, It’s complex.”

Meanwhile, Hermes’s Road to Logistics programme, funded through the UK’s Apprenticeship Levy, will see the delivery company recruiting LGV apprentices with no driving experience.

After 12 months of training successful participants will be offered roles as Hub Drivers at the company’s hubs at Warrington and Rugby.

A spokesperson said the scheme was “designed to ensure the company has its own ‘talent pipeline’ and is prepared for any future legislation and possible Brexit impact.”