Despite major universities beginning to add supply chain majors to their roster, the industry is still struggling to attract young talent, a study by Bastian Consulting found. A majority of respondents reported that they believe that graduates are unlikely to apply for roles within the supply chain. Although, 76% believe that may be because there isn’t enough being done to raise awareness of the opportunities within the industry.
“Over the past 12 months, supply chain has made the headlines and made the public more aware of its important role in society as well the major contribution it makes to the global economy. These results clearly show that the industry can do more to communicate the diverse opportunities available in this growing and exciting sector,” Tony Richter, Founder of Bastian Consulting said.
Still, respondents also agree that employers are not doing enough to engage with younger professionals, as 70% said organizations lack in appropriate apprenticeships or graduate recruitment program opportunities. Especially as technology has played a bigger role in the supply chain, 51% of respondents said that technology has changed the type of skillsets required in a position.
Per Bastian Consulting:
- Respondents were more united in their view that the industry is not ready for this change, as 68% of respondents said that the industry is not prepared for the shift in skillsets that will be required.
- In New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Japan, the majority of respondents think there is a gender imbalance across the supply chain workforce.