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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.



Senior Traffic Commissioner's Guidance  Reported road casualties 2015


TfL bulletins Mayoral manifesto 2016 


Documents produced by the Motor Cycle Industry Association

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IOC fellows in Birmingham, two trade shows, a keynote lecture and a heads of industry meeting in the Top 500 lounge.

EDX theme was S-O-L-D, Supply Chain, Operations, Logistics & Delivery. Behind the buy button to support multichannel retail. Making a perfect diary date clash with the Commercial Vehicle Show, it was a short walk on the travelator to take in everything from vehicle to shed across four halls of the NEC.

Final mile electric light van centre stage of the CV show 2016

Commercial Vehicle show, 3 halls of the NEC, stands sold out for 15th birthday. The CV show has become the go-to place for van, whilst Scania trucks stood tall this was van land in a sector taking a new focus on the exploding home delivery, e-retail final mile.


Helen Smith TfGM comments,

Greater Manchester is committed to delivering a vision to ensure our city region has a world-class transport network that supports long-term, sustainable economic growth and access to opportunities for all. On behalf of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is currently developing the Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040. This strategy will be supported by a number of sub-strategies which are at various stages of development. These include the Greater Manchester Freight and Logistics Strategy.


Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge wins the London Marathon (2hrs 3mins 5secs) started in outer space by British astronaut Tim Peake as TNT were firmly on the roads to showcase of logistics excellence as the millionth runner sets to cross the line.

200 tonnes of drinks, more than a million drinks bottles, finishers packs & medals.

All done while London is full and the roads are closed !

A marathon effort swung into action behind the scenes to support Race Day for Virgin London Marathon.

Ben Cox - Senior Contract Manager - TNT UK, describes the mammoth effort that goes into preparing for Race Day.

Our team at TNT is already working round the clock to ensure everything is ready, whether it’s the bottle of water runners reach for at the mile markers, the revitalising supplies handed to runners as they cross the line, or the finisher medal around their neck that makes it all worthwhile.


IOC were on the M25 ring north of London to take a look at Top Flight, they have a consolidation option for clients to Central London postcodes and ring all the bells for TfL with Carbon Neutral and Crossrail compliance.


Association of education and learning providers, AELP were in the hot spot of East Midlands for logistics, hosted by Matthew Watson Scania at their national truck training centre Loughborough for the specialist sector group responsible for logistics. Chair James Billingham had a host of speakers from LEP to employers. Sue Tilley spoke for LLEP & the midlands engine, Matt Agnew for Scania, this is the largest Scania training centre in the World. Sarah Bell for Univ of Derby spoke about apprenticeship degrees a step to management in the logistics with clear sector focus. Stephen Ram Kissun rounded up with SFA and gave an update on AELP before thanking sponsor SQA.

Sarah Wixey, project manager freight & fleet programmes says congratulations to both Carl and Nigel. Carl Lomas from the Institute of Couriers has been selected as the Chair of the van working group and Nigel Base from SMMT will be the Vice-Chair – There will be a conference on May 25th in London and the first van group sector meeting needs to be in your diary for June 15th.

It was great to be part of this successful transaction.” The management team was led by Colin McCarthy and the transaction was backed by Lloyds Development Capital and Santander. Colin McCarthy Managing Director of Panther, said: “This is an exciting point in the business’ journey ...

Clarke Willmott has advised the management team on the £17 million management buy-out of nationwide, Northampton-headquartered, Panther Logistics. Panther, which has eight regional hubs throughout the UK was recently named as one of the Sunday Times/ Virgin Fast Track 100 Companies.

Proposal to develop apprenticeship standard degree apprenticeship logistics manager went into  BIS March 29 by IOC in collaboration with University of Derby and a strong employer group that first met over two years ago.

A strong employer group with a track record at level 2 and submissions of a career path to level four all in development; foundation degrees were first discussed by the group more than 18 months ago.

IOC has acted as secretary to  the express delivery group chaired by Justin Moore, CitySprint. IOC have ready completed work to develop the Level 2 standard for express delivery drivers/couriers & provided an expression of interest to develop levels 3 & 4 in express logistics.

Justin Moore,

I have written to BIS seeking approval for the development of a level 6 standard for such a degree apprenticeship.  I have asked Carl Lomas CBE, IOC to continue to provide secretariat services to the group and lead this work.

A busy forum, opened by TfL boss Mike Brown, well-attended with a big slant to politics, 50 days to the new mayor, blue-sky thinking. Carl Lomas IOC spoke of exploding e-retail home delivery numbers, ‘half of retail, home delivered  by 2020’ setting the question to Ian Wainwright, ‘is it sustainable and are we ready?’


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