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Qualifications in the Logistics sector

IOC Chair, Carl Lomas,

Qualifications are key to our sector, both for compliance and future workforce, from driver front line to management. The IOC have been working closely with FE colleges, Universities, LEPs and BIS

 

IOC has two key qualification routes, management & delivery. For management, IOC is working with Derby University & London Met University to develop the first ever undergraduate degree dedicated to our sector. For delivery teams IOC are looking at the apprenticeship replacement qualifications with work on an apprenticeship trailblazer for same day and home delivery couriers. The ‘Courier Trailblazer’  was a phase three application and evolved into ‘Trailblazer Express Delivery’, the standard submitted to BIS for Nov 26th 2015, a framework for delivery is in development. Employer support came from APC to Yodel, nationals from UK Mail to SMEs such as Swift in Liverpool and Rush in London. Awarding bodies supporting are Pearson Edexcell and City & Guilds. IOC attends the AELP (association of education and learning provider) sector meetings.

The sector is unique with extensive compliance training and testing, from hazardous goods handling to licence. Driver shortage issues are log jammed around test centres with 12 week diaries for tests (2015). The LEP 2016 European funding may be the next solution to needs around support for the next generation of workforce. The schools message for the next generation is key, taking the message of our sector as a career path. IOC have worked very closely with FE, from West Thames College GTA at Heathrow to Buxton & Leek with their Skillbase driver training centre in the homeland of Sec of State for transport Patrick Mcloughlin.

 

Copies of sector-relevant standards and qualification documents, including those authored by IoC and other external bodies can be found in the IoC Standards Archive.

IoC is also active in the Education & Training Foundation's Two-Way Street leadership exchange programme - for more details go here

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Transport Minister John Hayes, diary set for 21st year of National Courier Awards with double diary date not to be missed - Oct 17

Transport Minister John Hayes has set his diary for Oct 17 to join the IoC at the National Courier Awards and hand out the courier silver Cs. With best logistics.

It’s a double diary date with a round table heads of industry on the same afternoon. A three-T focus, Transport, Trailblazer and Taylor. Heads of industry at the IoD; it's free to attend for fellows, a must-not-miss and then stay on for the National Courier Awards evening with the Minister John Hayes.

A golden gown is tipped to be awarded for services to industry in the 21st year of the National Courier Awards. TfL boss Mike Brown has been confirmed to join IoC President Viscount Lord Falkland for the best of the best 21st birthday party of the National Courier Awards.

To secure your places at Oct 17th call Tracey Worth urgently on 07976 263745

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Last Nominations - Tracey Worth comments, ‘Call me and tell me about your best-of-the-best, I am here to help you with the nomination outline but time is very tight.’

Nominations are open, it's time to be looking at your best of best. Adrian Smith Swift Logistics, returns to the post of chair of judges. The four key categories remain, two wheels, four wheels, contract and office. The first step is a call to Tracey Worth to discuss your nomination. It’s time to think about any member of the team who has made that special delivery or gone that extra mile for the client. The gala evening event is Oct 17th at the Institute of Directors, London SW1

NCA Logo Blue 256The National Courier Awards recognise the best of the best in the courier industry - from wheels to office, contract and military. A gala evening celebrating excellence from courier companies large and small, regional and national footprint alongside each other in a unique network of all things courier.

The 21st National Courier Awards will be held at the IoD, Pall Mall, London SW1 on Tuesday October 17th 2017 from 6:30pm.

Join the conversation at #natcourierawards



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IOC & Government

The Institute works closely with DfT, DfE (formerly BIS) & DWP; from roads to education, parking and congestion to trailblazer apprenticeships; freight forums with TfL and TfGM, close associations to many colleges, FE at Hull to West Thames and Heathrow. IOC has closely engaged with the LEP platforms, particularly those who have identified transport and logistics as a priority. In the Golden Triangle of logistics hot-spots, IOC have helped build the sector strategy from Nottingham through Derby to Leicester. The inspirational postcodes, 80% of the UK within four hours of East Midlands airport by road. Peter Richardson, D2N2 LEP Chair, the Inspirational postcode.

DFE (BIS) have produced a guide to Trailblazer levy. The guidance and a detailed timetable of further information releases are available on the GOV.UK website here.

The DfE/HMRC draft legislation on levy is now available for comment. For the convenience of members we have a downloadable PDF of the request for comments here.

Copies of sector-relevant standards, including those authored by IoC and other external bodies can be found in the IoC Standards Archive. Simply select a tab below and click through to the documents of interest.

FORS – IOC chair Carl Lomas takes governance role.

FORS Fleet operator recognition scheme. More focus for vans as scheme achieves four thousand members. IOC chair Carl Lomas sat at the Governance council Oct bringing more van vision to the London standard turned national. FORS passed four thousand members in the last quarter, half of the vehicles are vans, the FORS emblem born in London has become a national representation of fleets working inside the standard to look at workforce, vehicle, compliance and clean air. The very latest standards V4 are published, take a look below, The bar has been raised a little for gold standard and some silver requirements have been passed down to Bronze.

 

DfT

Senior Traffic Commissioner's Guidance  Reported road casualties 2015

TfL

TfL bulletins Mayoral manifesto 2016 

MCIA

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TfL boss Mike Brown puts IoC Chair, Carmen Carl Lomas on the cycle superhighway.

Express sector sort pit-stops for IoC's London to Paris cycle run for Transaid

It's a business shirt and tie, not Lycra for IoC Chair's cycle run for Transaid from TfL HQ to the final mile in Paris via courier company pit-stops.

IoC Chair Carl Lomas asks you to re-tweet @IOCouriers for 250 miles of on-yer-bike adventure to raise the awareness of Transaid.

IoC Chair Carl Lomas vowed to complete the Princess Royal's Transaid charity cycle run from London to Paris at the May Microlise conference. Having never been on a cycle for twenty five years, it was a big ask for the IoC Chair, who has completed 500 miles training in the last six weeks, matching the 500 year celebration of the Carmen Livery.

Carl left Palestra House TfL HQ at 13h30 on Thursday 21st Sept wearing a business shirt and Carmen wheels of transport tie. Making use of the CS7 TfL cycle superhighway he headed onto an A3 route aiming for the next pit-stop with CitySprint Guildford office on Friday morning.

update 10h00 Friday 22nd Sep - The screens are busy today as IoC chair Carl Lomas gets a pit-stop at CitySprint Guildford. Ops Manager Steve Knibb and team (Joanna, controller Rachel and Matt) give the green light for POB in the GU postcode.

update 12h00 Friday 22nd Sep - Following the ups and downs of the Surrey cycle highway to Horsham for fudge lunch courtesy of BACA Workwear outside Rymans - DHL drop zone on Middle St. Horsham. Thanks to Marc Calder at BACA for sorting the Hi-Viz and their best promo fudge !

update 17h30 Friday 22nd Sep - onboard and on time - heading for Dieppe thanks to UPS depot manager for Brighton and Eastbourne Nick Cooper and team signposting the way to ferry lane 8, saving 2 miles of cycling through the heart of BN postcode.

update 08h45 Saturday 23rd Sep - Dieppe - a balmy seaside resort. A morning alarm from the seaguills ready to make the almighty push up the hill to Saint Aubin, Rouen and Évreux.

update 13h15 Saturday 23rd Sep - Rouen - In front of the cathedral cy'clic cycle hire - Évreux next !

update 07h00 Sunday 24th Sep - Évreux - Breakfast with #TransaidParis17 cycle leader Harry Wells. The "Who's-who" of UK transport cycling in the last leg to Paris in a start reminiscent of Le Mans. "Gentlemen and Ladies, please start your wheels...and we're off"...for another 80 miles !

update 16h30 Sunday 24th Sep - Paris - Eiffel Tower ! #TransaidParis17 is over, but the work of Transaid continues. Congratulations to all who took part or helped along the way.

Carl comments,

It’s a 250 mile run to Paris. I have done a good number of 25 mile training runs but furthest distance in training was 35 miles, so the 80 mile plus days will be a step change big enough for a National Courier Awards win. A big thank-you to the Condor cycle team in Gray's Inn Road who have re-built the bike - a 25-year-old TVT courier cycle.

The purpose of Carl's effort is to raise awareness of Transaid in the Express sector. He joins over fifty other Transaid cyclists in Évreux on Saturday evening for the last miles to Paris. The team target is to raise £100k for the Transaid transport charity.

Your job is to re-tweet the adventure as IoC send out live reports here and on Twitter @IOCouriers on the four day run.

  • May 2017 - Microlise Conference

    Lomas commits to ride for Transaid

  • Day 1 London: TfL HQ

    0km travelled - 376km to go

  • Day 1 Guildford: Olympic route

    46km travelled - 330km to go

  • Day 2 Guildford: CitySprint pit-stop

    46km travelled - 330km to go

  • Day 2 Horsham: BACA fudge lunch

    81km travelled - 295km to go

  • Day 2 Newhaven:UPS dockside

    136km travelled - 240km to go

  • Day 3 Dieppe: Rouen next !

    136km travelled - 240km to go

  • Day 3 Rouen: A cy'clic city

    200km travelled - 176km to go

  • Day 4 Évreux: an early start

    250km travelled - 126km to go

  • Day 4 Paris: Eiffel Tower

    376km travelled - destination reached

 

Follow Carl's progress as we post regular photo updates of his journey in the slideshow above and in the photo gallery, culminating in a special Sunday evening Fellows-only e-mail on his arrival underneath the Eiffel Tower.

Carl is using a 1992 TVT courier cycle that was prepared in the Gray's Inn Road by Condor Cycles; Grant Young and the Condor team reviewed the gearing.

TfL announced today that they will not be renewing Uber's private hire operator's licence when it expires on 30 Sep 2017. They state that Uber's "approach and conduct" lack corporate responsibility "in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications".

TfL's concerns centre on Uber's alleged failures in regard to reporting serious criminal offences, obtaining medical certificates, performing DBS checks and active avoidance of regulatory oversight as a consequence of deployment of Greyball - an internal Uber software system first reported by the NY Times.

Uber says it has over 40,000 drivers registered with the app-based ride company in the London area.

Uber will have 21 days to appeal the decision.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said

I fully support TfL's decision - it would be wrong if TfL continued to licence Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners' safety and security.

Akabo Media organised the two-day multi-channel conference at the Connaught Rooms London WC1 as a strong retail mix to final mile logistics that was a diary must-do in the heart of London.

Dr Jonathan Gorst Sheffield Hallam University and return logistics expert chaired, opening speech by Ben Farrell, head of operations at John Lewis, ‘How to manage omni-channel from single channel, asymmetric retail and the customer experience.

IoC chair Carl Lomas followed, ‘measures to consider for retail deliveries’

Body Shop supply chain manager Simon Pattenden spoke on benefits of automation, Vinesh Patel, Sky covered the formula for better returns.

A host of network opportunities and panel discussions were then expertly orchestrated by Jonathan Gorst where retail met logistics to form next-generation solutions to final-mile.

 

Sunshine record for Heathrow cargo

Air freight numbers on record growth in both UK logistics hot-spots Heathrow and East Midlands.

A twelve month full year run of records at Heathrow as cargo goes up another 13%  for the month of August.

Logistics guests for Spitfire fly-past at Northolt HQ of British Forces Post Office, BFPO.

IoC were guests of the British Forces Post Office boss, full Colonel Andy Moffat at their RAF Northolt HQ location for the annual RAF flypast.

Logistics close-up view for a Spitfire fly-past. RAF Northolt, West London is the longest-serving RAF air base; active as an air base in World War Two and the Battle of Britain. Group Captain MHG Carver explained the history of the base and its London cover for the Battle of Britain.

 

A perfect visit between the September rain showers for the Royal Mail Museum at Mount Pleasant London WC1 which opened in July this year.

If you can't get there, take a look at the history book, ‘Masters of the Post'

 

September 1st news - Menzies Distribution deal to acquire Gnewt Cargo.

London-based Gnewt operated by IoC fellow Sam Clarke runs more than a hundred electric vehicles in the City of London from arches in SE1.

Gnewt, which was founded in 2008, provides final-mile delivery services in central London for retailers, e-tailers and parcel carriers such as Hermes and TNT.

Last year, it made over 3 million deliveries in London using the UK’s largest all-electric fleet of commercial vehicles.

 

A pre-peak commitment to client with 45% more parcel capacity on the Hermes network. Rugby looks set to raise the bar once more as e-retail takes further High Street numbers to home delivery.

Hermes UK boss, Carole Woodhead,

This is the largest parcel hub of its kind in the UK. We are extremely proud to officially open our Midlands super hub.

 

DHL is investing more than twenty million on three new sites - two are opening in November at Aberdeen and Milton Keynes, but the first is in October at Enfield.

Peter Fuller comments,

This investment in key sites is part of our strategic growth plan for the business. We’ve recently been awarded some major new contracts and we have ambitious targets to continue on this trajectory. To be successful we need to invest in the most effective infrastructure and equipment for our people to increase parcel handling capacity.

 

Trailblazer employer group chairs teamed up for Lindsay McCurdy's national levy conference at Coventry. Much talk of deadlines and availability of end-point assessments.

Carl Lomas, ‘Express level 2 delivery operative still awaits final editorial clearance, the news may be any day.’

All-in logistics theme, passenger transport, waste management and education from Jo North.

The conference was driven by providers and delivered a wealth of information for employers; how to match employer size to provider size, scale up and work with the digital accounts from levy payments.

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