Graduate logistics scheme launch in Doncaster

Published 9th January 2013 at 12:46pm

Next Distribution Ltd, part of the successful Next brand are working in partnership with Doncaster Council’s Invest in Doncaster Team to launch a fantastic innovative programme for bright, ambitious graduates in South Yorkshire.

The graduates will be employed in the Doncaster area at the Redhouse Site and will spend 12 months launching their career in logistics by working in Next’s state of the art warehouses in Yorkshire. Invest In Doncaster have secured part-funding for the programme and will assist Next with recruitment, pre-employment training and in supporting the graduates on their journey.

The exciting programme will commence in April 2013, with the recruitment process commencing from January 2013. Next Distribution are giving local graduates a hands-on opportunity to work in logistics, on a comprehensive programme with dedicated training and support, and the opportunity of a permanent role upon successful completion of the 12 month programme.  The scheme will give graduates insight into a whole host of aspects of the fast moving, high technology operation and offers opportunities to work within functional areas including; Warehousing Operations, Transport, Operations Support, HR and Health & Safety.

Simon Kelly, Warehousing & Distribution Director at Next said:

“The Graduate scheme is a really exciting project for us. As a large employer in the local area we’re keen to offer career prospects to local graduates, many of which may not have considered logistics as a career.

“Working in partnership with Invest In Doncaster and the Ward Councillors, we’ll get a real insight into  some of the challenges that graduates face within the local community and that will give us a chance to think creatively about how we can utilise their skills and  help support them to excel in a growing and forward progressing business.”

Mayor of Doncaster, Peter Davies, said:

“I’m clear that the Council should support businesses to grow in Doncaster, and here is a fantastic example of how we can work with one of the most advanced warehousing operations in Europe to help provide local jobs for local, talented young people too.

“It’s vital they have the right skills and knowledge to ensure they stand out from the crowd in today’s challenging climate. This brand new partnership will provide a tremendous boost to the North area of the borough together with the prospect of real future employment.

“I wish everyone involved continued success with this programme’s delivery.”

Hazel Higginbottom, HR Business Partner, Invest in Doncaster commented,

“We are extremely pleased that Next are working with us on this exciting programme. We believe that this will help raise the profile of Logistics as an exciting fast moving career for graduates and plan to run similar schemes in the future.”

Recent graduates with a 2:2 degree or above who are interested in finding out more about this brilliant opportunity should attend the launch of the scheme on Thursday  17th January between 12 noon and 3pm at The Hub, Doncaster College, Churchfield Way, Doncaster or email a CV to hazel.higginbottom@doncaster.gov.uk or visit www.bit.ly/nextgraduates2013