Leading parcel delivery firm DPD recently became one of the first organisations nationally to enrol its team on the new International Freight Forwarding Apprenticeship Standard.

DPD’s International Division, working with leading freight forwarding training provider Logistics Skills Alliance (LSA) have developed a bespoke blended learning programme for the DPD team to ensure the programme meets both their knowledge and skills development needs.

International Solutions Architect Adam Morgan of DPD commented

Our team continually strives to improve our customer experience through our knowledge and skills. An investment in our own professional development is a key part of our approach. Working together with the LSA to design this programme means that we have integrated the DPD approach alongside recognised freight forwarding training programmes such as BIFA’s Customs Export and Import Procedures course.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, ‘The employment rate has never been higher .

As we dare to think 2018 peak, where will we find workforce?

It's not just Heathrow setting month-on-month records. Employment rate is at a joint record high of 75.6% – this is the 17th record since 2010. All at a time when logistics from road to sortation, freight forwarding to express is in ever greater need of new workforce.

LSA at the table with the Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce STAT Conference.

LSA chairman Carl Lomas was at the STAT Supply chain skills network June conference which started with strong, extra strong coffee in Friday sunshine at the Connaught rooms with three young apprentices introducing the event that was focused on next generation workforce.

The very latest skills-forecasting document, published the previous day was on the tables. The apprentices opened the event and closed it, they spoke about bridging the gap between perceptions of the two stream options, academic or apprentice.

Keynote by Mike Brown, ‘We must rise to the challenge and find our future talent.

Words from the under sec of state, Nusrat Gahni and powerful deliveries from employers including Skanska, Network Rail, Highways England alongside CIPD boss Peter Cheese who spoke more consistent language on core skills in the supply chain.

 

Logistics Skills Alliance, LSA Chairman Carl Lomas announced at the Microlise Transport Conference, to the largest audience of transport professionals in the UK. Express Courier Trailblazer is published today. ‘This will bring levy-funded training to front line final mile drivers.

Dept for Education – IFA has cleared the Express delivery operative apprenticeship qualification for delivery today, May 16th 2018

Three years in the making, employer-built for next-generation final mile delivery operators.

LSA ready to deliver the Express apprenticeship with funding up to five thousand pounds of levy for the twelve month programme.

Five thousand expected in first year for levy-paid twelve month qualification in Express final mile delivery.

For a Levy lockdown interview on your opportunites to draw down funding for final mile express courier call Joanna Daly on 020 832 62079 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Logistics Skills Alliance chairman Carl Lomas was with the Express trailblazer employer group which met in strength on May 9th at the Coventry HQ of the Institute for Apprenticeships.

Thousands of express sortation depots were at the table to talk knowledge, skills and behaviour, developing vision for a new trailblazer standard for the sortation hub operatives in the express sector.

Choose, road, air or ocean.

Hot off the press, DfE, Soryah Brown, Institute for Apprenticeships announced Friday April 20th the freight forwarding qualification trailblazer is published. Three streams of opportunity; road, sea or air.

Ref number ST0539 with a funding band grade 9 giving maximum funding at nine thousand pounds.

Employers involved in creating the standard included Kuehne and Nagel, Panalpina, Davies Turner , DHL, EWW logistics, Intl forwarding , Kerry logistics, Leman, Metro shipping, Neon freight, OIA Global, DSV Air & Sea, Dachser, DB Schenker, Intelligent Global Logistics, Maltacourt, Yusen Logistics and secretaried by BIFA.

Joanna Daly, Logistics Skills Alliance, LSA explains,

This is set to bring learning and assessment to a next generation of freight forwarding individuals and raise the level of professional standards with funding of up to nine thousand pounds. Levy-paying companies around Heathrow can draw down the funding and candidates will get the three-year programme free of charge while employed.

It's time for action - to get a full understanding of your access to the funding around Heathrow, call or email Jo for a levy lockdown interview. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For full details of the course offered by LSA and to download the newly-approved standard and end-point assessment you can visit our International Freight Forwarding Specialist Apprenticeship (Level 3) page.

The majority of road logistics professionals see apprentices not as trainees but as the next generation of management.

Key terms used to define logistics apprentices from the top ten answers in a logistics apprenticeships survey March 2018 by LSA included, talent, leader, developing, mentored, able to finish jobs and even stakeholder.

There was a strong vision that logistics apprentices are the next generation managers.

A hot-house of expertise defining the roles and occupations.

 We need a career map for supply chain.

Logistics Skills Alliance chairman, Carl Lomas, secretary to the Express trailblazer group joined a rich attendance list from Nestlé to Royal Mail, DHL to K&N.

Guests represented rail, maritime ports & road logistics. IOC for express. RHA for LGV, FTA for warehouse and storage. Kevin Shakespear, Inst of Export talked air. The event hosted at the Institute of Apprenticeships' Coventry HQ closed with a unanimous reality. ‘We need a career map for supply chain.