This is a big year for the National Courier Awards as they celebrate 20 years of recognising the best of the best in the industry. The Silver C awards seemed to be glittering a little more brightly as 150 attendees waited to find out who from the industry – whether in the office, in the warehouse, or on the road – would be taking them home.
System Group was there along with many other delegates from companies representing every aspect of the industry. Our Business Development Director, and his colleagues Michael Wardle, David Cormack, and Adrian Daulby applauded loudly for every well-deserved award but perhaps their applause was forgivably a little louder when Tracy Aust, principal at West Thames College, bestowed the Chairman’s Citation Award on System Group’s Emily White.
“Thank you so much for this award – it means so much. And thank you to System Group for supporting my continued development within the industry”, Emily said as she collected her award.
Our Business Development Director was thrilled to see Emily’s skills and contribution to the industry recognised, “Emily’s hard work and dedication to quality is truly commendable. Widely respected within System Group, she’s an inspiration and further endorses our group advocacy of promoting women in logistics. I’m pleased for Emily for this recognition of her personal and professional achievements but also for the team surrounding her, who have trained and supported her to get to this point, and who I know will be overjoyed at the outcome”.
Emily’s introduction to the world of logistics was when she began working at System Group as an auditor and archivist. That role increasingly required more and more warehouse skills, so when she had the opportunity to gain her RTITB licence, she jumped at the chance as she felt that this would provide invaluable skills to support a change of career, making logistics her new focus.
Now a vital part of System Group’s commercial team, she manages and coordinates the logistics training delivered nationally by System Group, including warehouse and forklift training and licence acquisition for delivery vehicles. Her knowledge and enthusiasm for the logistics environment is obvious to every candidate she meets.
Emily though is always delighted to be able to get in the warehouse at every opportunity and never fails to exhibit professionalism and accuracy while manoeuvring and moving items in the warehouse. She revels in the chance to use her skills in the warehouse and takes the responsibilities very seriously.
In September, she qualified to compete in the RTITB International Operator of the Year four-day heats. The challenges every day included a theory test, a pre-use inspection test and two practical tests, and were all carried out under the eagle-eyed gaze of RTITB’s examiners, who were looking for the safest and most efficient candidates – in these games, points did not mean prizes as the lowest score would win the day with every fault counting against them. Emily took first place in her heat after impressing the judges, her fellow finalists and the onlookers, ensuring her place in the grand final next year.
Emily is ecstatic that her enthusiasm for the industry, her place in the RTITB International Operator of the Year Competition, and now her prestigious Silver C Award is highlighting such an important growth industry and can open the way for more women to see the industry as a viable career option with great prospects. “The logistics industry is male dominated, but I hope that this will encourage more women to consider this as a real career opportunity.”