National logistics training centre proposed for Daventry district

An artist's impression of the new facility.
An artist's impression of the new facility.
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Plans for a new skills centre for logistics at DIRFT are being developed it has been announced.

Prologis has been given permission by the Government to build DIRFT III on land to the east of the A5.

As part of the permission, there was a requirement from the Secretary of State for the site to include a “national, regional and local facility for education on logistics and related construction”.

Under its working name of ‘Logistics Centre for Skills and Innovation’, a site at DIRFT III has been identified as the best option for this new education and training hub.

The centre is being promoted by Logistics Skills Development Ltd, which has the support of the University of Northampton. Daventry District Council and the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership are keen to see the idea develop into a bid to secure funding in 2015 using European Union money.

The training centre is intended to help employers find the right people and give the training they need to increase productivity and growth. It will also help individuals find the right skills, training and opportunities they need to begin or progress their careers.

A key priority is to address the driver shortage for large goods vehicles.