Wincanton Launches New Graduate Scheme to Highlight Appeal of Logistics.

3 February, 17

Wincanton, the largest British logistics business, has today launched a new graduate scheme with the aim of attracting and developing new talent in the logistics industry. This follows the company’s commitment to increasing engagement with graduates through participation in the NOVUS scheme.

As a leading 3PL with high profile customers across sectors as diverse as retail, construction, defence and milk, Wincanton’s graduate scheme will provide a unique insight into logistics and the variety of roles available in the industry. The two-year graduate programme has been designed to enable participants to hit the ground running and work in a substantive role from day one and provide real opportunity to positively impact the business. The graduate programme provides placements across the UK and is now open to applications from anyone holding a 2:1 degree in any subject.

Jane Davies, Wincanton Group HR Director, said: “Logistics is fundamentally a people business. Despite this the industry has, in the past, struggled to demonstrate its appeal as a career option to new graduates and aspiring management talent. With our new graduate scheme in place, combined with the NOVUS partnership, we are changing the perception of the logistics sector and are finding that we are able to attract new talent into our business. We are proud that we can offer a programme of development for our graduates and future talent, as well as exciting career opportunities.”

The newly-launched graduate scheme follows the success of Wincanton’s collaboration with NOVUS. With an emphasis on supply chain management, NOVUS degree courses are offered at the University of Huddersfield and focus on close collaboration with many leading names in manufacturing, retail and logistics with the guarantee of a job following completion of the course.

NOVUS graduate James Fairhurst, who accepted his permanent role with Wincanton following his graduation, said of his first six months: “From day one I have been given the opportunity to get involved and learn a huge amount. My NOVUS degree has been a huge asset for me and I’m pleased to be able to work for a company like Wincanton that wants to actively invest in my continued development.”

Following the continued success of the collaboration with NOVUS, Wincanton is again participating in the scheme for 2017 placements.

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For further information please contact:

Liam O’Shea
0117 906 4022 / 07912 558 260
[email protected]

Harriet Holbrook
0117 906 4517 / 0792 105 5697
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Notes to Editors

Wincanton plc
Wincanton is the largest British logistics firm, providing supply chain consultancy and solutions to some of the world’s most admired brands. We employ approximately 18,000 people across more than 200 sites and have a 3,400-strong fleet of vehicles.

Our business started in 1925 delivering milk and dairy products. Although our heritage means a lot us, we have since expanded to provide supply chain solutions across a wide range of sectors including retail, construction, defence and energy.

As a trusted and respected business partner, we design and implement services that range from setting up and operating distribution networks through to bonded warehouses, technology hosting, container transport and storage. We strive for operational excellence in everything we do.

We work hard to understand and respond to our customers’ needs, build long term relationships and use our skills and expertise to deliver a smarter, added value service, every day. Our customers rely on us to make their businesses operate more efficiently and to gain a competitive advantage in their sector.

Improved stock visibility and availability, reduction of lead times, collaborative warehousing and transport models, and an absolute commitment to continuous improvement, are just some of the reasons why many of our customer relationships extend to more than 20 years.

Key facts:

· Annual revenue in the UK & Ireland exceeds £1 billion

· Circa 18,000 employees including 4,000+ drivers

· Operates from 200+ locations with 6.6 million square feet of warehousing across the UK and Ireland

· Operating responsibility for around 3,400 vehicles

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