A clear first step on a stairway of funded education for Express.

Minister signs off funding band for new Sortation Apprenticeship

First-ever Carmen Livery bursary prize awarded by Mike Brown and the Master Carmen to DPD apprentice Sarah Barlow.

The gala DfT STAT, Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce celebrated apprenticeships in logistics and launched its annual report in Broadway Building St James.

STAT Chairman, TfL Boss Mike Brown with the Master Carmen, Stephen Britt presented Logistics level three Apprentice Sarah Barlow, working within DPD International Operations Department at Hinckley with the first-ever Carmen Livery logistics education bursary.

Sarah works in the role of International Solutions Co-ordinator and is one of the very first candidates on the new Logistics stream, ‘Freight Forwarding’ Trailblazer apprenticeship delivered by the Logistics Skills Alliance at West Thames, Heathrow.


Global supply-chain solutions provider freight forwarding company Allport Cargo Services announced the launch of their unique Freight Forwarding Apprenticeship programme last week.

A programme that truly meets the challenges that their business and the wider freight forwarding profession faces.

The Logistics Skills Alliance worked with Allport Cargo Services to conduct awareness sessions within the business to promote the programme to existing members of staff looking to enhance their professional development.

Trailblazer qualification employer showcase included freight forwarding, warehouse, and express delivery

The Transport trailblazer groups were invited to the National Trailblazer conference, both freight Forwarding and Express in attendance, the conf hosted NW England at the Manchester City Etihad football stadium in an ocean of pale blue success for apprenticeship delivery across all sectors,

Keynote by the Minister Anne Milton to a full house of employers and Trailblazer chairs. ‘Next generation workforce success and value for money for the employers.’


LSA sort an employer-led, employer-designed Trailblazer delivery for the very latest, brand-new apprenticeship in Freight Forwarding.

Customs Procedures, Freight Movement, Customer Service and Freight Costing at the heart of an employer-led, levy-funded Trailblazer delivery by the Logistics Skills Alliance for leading global supply chain solutions company Panalpina.

This year’s class welcomed successful candidates embarking on a new career in Freight Forwarding on the recently approved level three Trailblazer, International Freight Forwarding Specialist Apprenticeship. They form the next generation workforce for the sector and the programme is funded from the levy.

Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani, ‘The transport industry is leading the way in unlocking brilliant careers and tackling the need for the logisticians of the future.’

Carl Lomas, LSA chairman was with Mike Brown TfL and Beverley Bell, Think Logistics to talk apprenticeships in transport at the July STAT launch.

Express delivery qualification is waiting for the Minister's sign-off to start, but news across the wider transport sector is good for apprenticeships in truck, warehouse & storage and roads.

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.