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Training experts tackle skills shortages head on

SEVERE SKILLS shortages need plugging if integrated transport projects in the Government's 10 year plan are to be built.

Interest is growing in an event for transport sector training and where human resource managers can discuss how to attract the best people and retain them.

These are the key battlegrounds to be covered at a one day conference within April's Interchange event.

Transport sector training managers from construction, local government and the transport operators will discuss practical answers to the staff shortages that threaten to derail the Government's vision for integrated transport.

Ex-Tory transport minister and Interchange president Steve Norris will be speaking at the conference, called Winning the Talent War.

'People are the single most important factor in the delivery of the integrated transport vision, ' he says. 'Make sure your organisation is not left behind in the drive to improve recruitment, retention, training and development in the transport sector.'

Other speakers include conference chair and ICE past president professor Tony Ridley, transport strategy advisor for British Airports Authority Alastair Duff and director of corporate affairs at Unipart Group Frank Nigreillo.

The conference will take place as part of the Interchange Showcase exhibition of firms involved in the integrated transport industry. It is yet another facet to Interchange, a three day conference, exhibition and awards ceremony organised by Emap Montgomery, bringing together for the first time all the organisations who will be involved in integrating the UK's transport system.

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