• Entries are now open for the FTA’s Transport Manager of the Year competition, a brand new contest to enable transport managers to showcase their extensive knowledge and gain recognition from other industry professionals.

    The competition is open to FTA members and non-members, and will see participants complete a series of role-relevant challenges to test their knowledge and skills against their peers.

    To enter, applicants must hold a valid Certificate of Professional Competence in Road Haulage (National or International) or equivalent.  They must also be either currently named as an internal transport manager on a standard national or international goods operator licence, or employed by a restricted operator licence holder to conduct a role equivalent to transport manager. Consultants or external transport managers are not eligible to enter. 

    Entries will close on 19 March and the 50 finalists, selected by a small board from all entries received, will take part in a day of competition on 24 April.

    All participants will then be hosted at a ceremony and lunch on 6 May where the competition’s winners will be announced, including the overall FTA Transport Manager of the Year and Young Transport Manager of the Year.

    “A successful transport manager needs a multitude of skills and a wealth of industry knowledge,” FTA Director of Policy Elizabeth de Jong said.  “It is a responsible, challenging but rewarding role.  The very best transport managers must be competent at vehicle maintenance and driver management, possess complete knowledge of compliance requirements, and ensure their own CPD is maintained to the highest standard – all while delivering for their customers, the key priority for all logistics businesses.  

    “This new competition is a great way to acknowledge the invaluable contribution transport managers make to the work of UK plc, and provides a fantastic opportunity for the industry’s best to showcase their skill sets.”