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.


Mike Brown presents the Carmen apprenticeship bursary for education 2019.

I have been asked to present a Carmen livery bursary to Sarah in recognition of her exemplary work on the new Level 3 Freight Forwarding qualification. Can I firstly congratulate Sarah for all her hard work. Sarah is one of the first cohort to this apprenticeship and has shown exemplary skills through the 60 tasks she is completing to demonstrate all knowledge, skills and behaviours required for this standard. I know Adam Morgan her department manager is a keen advocate of the programme and wanted to mark Sarah’s achievements. I’d like to underline how important the development of apprenticeships are to supporting the growth of the freight and logistics sector and how exciting it is to see apprentices training in the sector.


Minister Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, spoke passionately about future workforce in logistics and the importance of the new apprenticeships.

We need to attract talent from all areas. I am pleased to see the sector engaged with apprenticeships, 8,200 apprentices in logistics since 2016. Opportunities have been made to all and the sector has made progress in diversity and inclusion.


Neena Gharu, Logistics Skills Alliance,

As part of International Freight Forwarding Specialist Apprenticeship ( Level 3) Sarah was one of the very first to be enrolled in the country. She is working through over 60 tasks based upon a virtual freight forwarding company to ensure that she is able to demonstrate all knowledge , skills and behaviours required as part of the programme in freight forwarding we deliver at the Logistics Skills Alliance. All work is submitted to a distance learning tutor. Sarah attended BIFA Behind the Scenes tour at DNATA, attending BIFA courses ( Introduction to Import & Export).


The Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce 2019 annual report

 Three Years of Progress – Report Launch Mike Brown MVO, Commissioner

Transport for London & STAT Chair launched the third annual report. VIPs include Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye, Heidi Alexander, Dept. Mayor of London for Transport, Darren James, CEO, Costain, Philip Hoare, President of Atkins, Sue Percy, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation, Kate Lester, CEO, Diamond Logistics

 Opening Speech by Mike Brown MVO ,

Your support is essential, I encourage employers to engage apprentices and build our next generation logistics workforce. It's great to see so many apprentices here this evening. 8,200 apprenticeship starts in road and rail since STAT launched in 2016. This year we have made progress to our twenty per-cent target for inclusion of females in logistics. I congratulate Tracey Worth on great diversity work in the sector. Getting standards agreed has been a challenge, but it's making transport and logistics a career opportunity for the next generation.


Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State ,

We need to attract talent from all areas of our communities to the transport sector.


Presenting the Carmen education bursary award for logistics apprentice. Master Carmen Stephen Britt joined STAT board chairman Mike Brown on stage to deliver the first-ever education bursary to DPD apprentice, Sarah Barlow. Sarah is a level three freight forwarding candidate with the Logistics Skills Alliance, working to over sixty syllabus items as one of the very first enrolments on the new Trailblazer qualification for Freight Forwarding.

 ‘The Apprenticeship Experience – through their eyes' An apprenticeship panel session followed, showcasing the next-generation apprentices of the sector. Katie Kelleher hosting with Kimmy Hibbert, Catriona Kilgour and Cameron O’Connell. Jarrell Anthony, express logistics apprentice at Mango, ‘The apprentices spoke, ‘Logistics is so motivating, we do things that help.’ Strong comments, ‘So many different experiences are in logistics. A different challenge every day. Logistics is a carer for life.’ That was the apprentices speaking, our sector future looks sound.’


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The Minister Nursat Ghani speaks apprenticeships in transport on video link



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Mike Brown, chair of STAT – Transport infrastructure skills and strategy keynote