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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

Documents produced by the Motor Cycle Industry Association

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Standing room only at Heathrow as BIS talked trailblazers, there was hydrogen power in the car park for an IOC heads of Industry briefing that followed a proven track record of fifteen minute slots across a varied agenda. Glen Davies TfL,  LoCity was first keynote address, ‘ 59% of white vans are in private registration!’ watching the thunderstorm cell, Heathrow Emma Gilthorpe talked air, focused on freight, 1.5 million tonnes a year through Heathrow projected to 3 million tonnes by 2030. FORS BIS & Hydrogen followed, Inpost talked collect, Nicholas Dunhill Parcel Space had collaboration at heart, Alex Farkas DWP was on hand as national logistics, Andrew Hartley, System training de-mystified levy for employers. Sarah Bell University of Derby had level 6 degrees in preparation. It was logistics employers parked wall to wall, City sprint, TNT, UK Mail FedEx and more in a briefing focused express speed.

Standing room only as thunder storm cells closed in on Heathrow. Hydrogen power in the car park for an IOC heads of Industry briefing that followed a proven track record of fifteen minute slots across a varied agenda. Glen Davies TFL,  LoCity was first key note address, ‘ 59% of white vans are in private registration!’ watching the thunderstorm cell, Heathrow Emma Gilthorpe talked air, focused on freight, 1.5 million tonnes a year through Heathrow projected to 3 million tonnes by 2030. FORS BIS & Hydrogen followed, Inpost talked collect, Nicholas Dunhill Parcel Space had collaboration at heart, Alex Farkas DWP was on hand as national logistics, Andrew Hartley, System training de-mystified levy for employers. Sarah Bell University of Derby had level 6 degrees in preparation. It was logistics employers parked wall to wall, City sprint, TNT, UK Mail FedEx and more in a briefing focused express speed. Even the tea break was delivered at the pace of an Isle of Man pit stop for Michael Dunlop on his Hawk BMW.

Hot off the press full fellows report follows.

 

‘An electric centric audience’ -  Full house, standing room only, Southwark  Bridge Road, tech folk alongside operators and the TfL team to talk clean air solutions for Van in London.

Carl Lomas opened with clarity on the exploding numbers of home deliveries that were driving white vans into London. TfL Glen Davies had detailed 59% of white vans were in private registration. It is a challenge to communicate to these drivers. Sarah Wixey explained the present research for LoCity on various tech issues between fuels from hydrogen to gas, light and heavy, mixed fuel vehicles and electric. Lomas outlined the most eco-friendly cargo machine, cargo bikes, electric, assist and pedal. Venn Chesterton TTR set working tables to talk around the issues of what is a van, size, weight, purpose and job. How should it be defined to the wider commercial user. Operators asked for strong network time, Lomas extended the timescales to see tech folk talk to operators and exchanged best practice.

 

...like-for-like turnover growth was 4.4%. Pre-tax profit rose from £24.9m to £65.8m, partially boosted, it said, as a consequence of reducing its net debt from £57.6m to £39.5m...

Chief executive Adrian Colman said that the performance of the business was a signal of its confidence in the UK economic back-drop. “Growth in revenue is important, particularly with new wins but so is growth in operating profit. We have grown on a like-for-like basis by 4.4%”.

John Munnelly

Drivers are closer to the customer experience than ever before.

Thunderstorm and downpour on the M1 approaching the massive Magna Park campus of John Lewis to get in line with the giant green aero waggons of the high street retailer stamped with quality in a tradition dating from 1864 to a turnover today nearing four and half billion pounds. The camouflage blue multi-tone stripes of Magna Park sheds were in their element as the giant buildings merged into the clouds to hide the excellence of logistics that lay inside. Green boxes on Knapp systems for a delight of sortation.

IoC chairman Carl Lomas was in Guildhall yard, City of London to see it turned green by TfL for a fully-booked LoCity conference focused on clean air to save lives.

Electric vehicles, large and small were parked across the yard, even a hydrogen motor van alongside an electric cargo trike for final-mile.

Excellent and informative low emission speeches, breadth and width of logistics with a speed dating session.

Two minute technology talks in a roller coaster run of alternative fuel to consolidation solutions to bring down emissions.

 

FedEx TNT Express Settlement Date Wed 25 May 2016

Carl Lomas, Institute of Couriers Chair, comments,

There will be no half-day closing for logistics today.’ May 25th – the iconic brands of TNT and Fedex come together. The express logistics sector looks stronger than ever in an exploding marketplace of e-retail as shoppers move from high street to home delivery. Light van registrations up last year by 18% - these are exceptional times of change in the express courier sector. Get your DVD on tonight and load Castaway for Tom Hanks delivery home to the Memphis family.

FedEx president, David Bronczek,

This will be a profound moment in the history of these two great companies.

IoC in Manchester for the birth of a Northern govt freight group hosted by Transport for Greater Manchester TfGM. Are the Northern cities ready for logistics consolidation? Paul Davidson, (AECOM) focused on air, rail & water commenting,  ‘It's difficult to engage with road freight’. Helen Smith TfGM Head of Freight ‘We want this forum to deliver, we want ideas and we want to act on them.’

 

Viscount, Lord Falkland IOC president,  ‘A legacy change for the express courier sector’

With exploding delivery numbers in the express delivery, shift from high street retail to home delivery expected to be half of all retail value by 2020, light van registrations up 18% in a single year and three Q4 million foot sortation sheds in middle England 2015. The next challenge is a workforce with skills to deliver the booming numbers in an evolving platform. Minister Nick Boles has delivered news set to provide a legacy, a step change in the sector, a trailblazer apprenticeship for express delivered before the end of the year, ready for levy.

With exploding delivery numbers in the express delivery, shift from high street retail to home delivery expected to be half of all retail value by 2020, light van registrations up 18% in a single year and three Q4 million foot sortation sheds in middle England 2015. The next challenge is a workforce with skills to deliver the booming numbers in an evolving platform. Minister Nick Boles has delivered news set to provide a legacy, a step change in the sector, a trailblazer apprenticeship for express delivered before the end of the year, ready for levy.

 

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