Shohan Hiran is first graduate to join graduate trainee programme at Palletline Logistics

Palletline Logistics is seeking to attract new blood into the transport and logistics market with the launch of a new graduate training programme.

The programme aims to introduce a new generation of transport and logistics specialists to the industry.

The programme, which is designed specifically for Palletline Logistics’ operation, runs for a period of 18 months, during which time the graduates will receive hands-on training as they move through various areas of the business and be given the opportunity to gain logistics qualifications such as ADR and CPC.

The launch of this latest graduate programme is an extension of an earlier one. The first graduate to join the earlier scheme was Shohan Hirani, 25, from Romford in Essex.

Hirani completed his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2021 and took a short-term position in recruitment and HR for Amazon where he developed a keen interest in logistics and delivery services.

He said: “After I graduated, I found there were limited roles in the London area that would allow me to utilise my degree. However, what I did discover was a potential new career.

“I found logistics fascinating. There were so many different facets to the business and having the opportunity to see at first-hand how an organisation ensured so many parcels reached their correct delivery destination within a short time frame was truly impressive.

“It certainly piqued my interest and I could see how I could transfer the skills I had gained during my engineering education and utilise elsewhere.”

Hirani is currently working in customer care at Palletline Logistics business S&S, where he is dealing with customer accounts and enquiries.

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From there he will move to the traffic office, again on the S&S site. These are two of the most fundamental functions that drive a transport and logistics business.

Hirani said: “It’s great to experience all areas of the company, Palletline Logistics are giving me the opportunity to experience everything they have to offer.”

The trainee graduate has already hit the ground running by developing new reporting processes to facilitate the flow of data to senior management by applying his experience in Excel in repeatedly analysing data and other skills he developed during his degree.

“I was originally nervous about moving away from mechanical engineering. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of transferable skills I had. My spreadsheet skills proved especially useful right from the off,” he said.

“Transport and logistics require a detail orientated mind that I have already honed throughout my education. I have proved that you do not necessarily need to go into a career based around your degree, the skills I learnt during my time at university are completely transferable and allow me to exceed in roles completely outside of my own field.

“I’m glad I took this opportunity to join such an exciting company at such an early point in my career journey.

“Palletline Logistics has offered me an incredible first starting block in building my career. I am excited to continue pushing forwards and help make Palletline Logistics the leading transport and logistics company in the world,” he added.

Paul Elson, MD of Palletline Logistics, said: “As a business we have always encouraged the development of skills from within and have a comprehensive training programme in place.

“This has now only paid tremendous dividends in staff retention, but also in encouraging some new young talent.

“The launch of our new graduate programme is an extension of this. Shohan has made excellent progress and we look forward to continuing to make the programme available to other graduates.”