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Press Release

London 11/24/2008

DHL Express to train UK workforce under Skills Pledge

DHL Express, the world's leading express delivery and logistics company, today committed to training its UK workforce under the Skills Pledge, becoming the largest logistics company involved in the initiative.

The Skills Pledge, managed by the Learning and Skills Council, is a partnership between companies or organisations and the Government. By making the Skills Pledge, employers promise to train their staff to at least a Level 2 - the equivalent of five good GCSEs.

Ken McCall, Chief Executive Officer, DHL Express UK, said: "We are proud to make the Skills Pledge - showing commitment to the future of our business and our people. Many of our staff are already a living testament to the difference training can make to someone's career and general well-being.

"The Skills Pledge represents both an investment in the staff as well as the business. It is our hope that all our employees will benefit from such training opportunities. Without question, improved skills help our staff work better together and make our business thrive - providing top quality services for our clients day in, day out."

DHL courier, James Ford, has also become the five millionth employee trained under the initiative. James, 31 of Bedfont, Middlesex, said: "I'm delighted to work for a company that makes this kind of commitment to training all of its staff. It makes me confident that DHL cares about its people at all levels by improving our skills. I've been working at DHL for over eight years and gaining more qualifications in this industry will hopefully open more doors for me in the future."

DHL Express has become the biggest logistics company to make the Skills Pledge and intends to offer recognised development opportunities to staff at operational and supervisory levels through NVQs and Apprenticeships. DHL Express plans to deliver these qualifications to more than 1,700 staff in various divisions of the business over the next three years.

The Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships Lord Young, at the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, said: "It's great to see that businesses are really moving forward and giving their workforce the chance to prosper and get on. The Skills Pledge is really gaining impetus and the more organisations that get involved, the greater the chance our people, our companies and our communities will prosper against this tough economic backdrop.

"By making the Skills Pledge employers are recognising each and every employee - helping to shape a better future for them and their business. We are calling for even more organisations to get involved and make a difference - especially in these challenging economic times. Now - more than ever - skilling up your workforce so they're more adaptable is critical to ensuring your business is resilient.