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Pentagon grows its own talent

[ September 17, 2019   //   ]

Aberdeen forwarder Pentagon Freight Services has launched an apprenticeship scheme aimed at redressing the industry’s skills shortages. The company, which specialises in oil and gas equipment, is taking on three young recruits who will undergo 15 weeks of training within the operations team.

Based in the Dyce office, they will deal with everything from providing job quotations to meeting clients, as well as arranging shipments and custom clearance.

Chief executive Ashley Taylor said: “It is important that our business continues to attract and retain talent and this new initiative delivers our ongoing commitment to encourage and develop prospective talent for the future.

“During my early years in the industry, I was encouraged to complete industry-specific education and training, gaining business qualifications in the logistics arena over several years of study. Combined with all-round experience obtained whilst working, this has provided me with the skills for a long and successful career in the logistics industry.”

General manager Sarah Palmer, added: “Since the downturn of the oil and gas industry a few years ago it became evident to us there was a distinct lack of fresh talent coming through recruitment channels. Because there isn’t a natural apprenticeship for freight forwarders in Scotland we decided to take the matter into our own hands by creating an in-house training programme.”