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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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IoC National Courier Awards

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Transport Minister John Hayes set his diary for Oct 17th 2017 to join the IoC at the National Courier Awards 2017 and handed out the courier silver Cs. with best logistics.

It was 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.

A golden gown was awarded for services to industry in the 21st year of the National Courier Awards.

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2017 news sep nca awards trophies

 

Adrian Smith Swift Logistics, returned to the post of chair of judges. The four key categories remain, two wheels, four wheels, contract and office. The gala evening event was 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 was held at the IoD, Pall Mall, London SW1 on Tuesday October 17th 2017 from 6:30pm.

 The 22nd National Courier Awards will be held at the IoD, Pall Mall, London SW1 on Tuesday October 9th 2018.

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 Reported road casualties 2016

TfL

TfL bulletins Mayoral manifesto 2016 Cycle Freight 

MCIA

Documents produced by the Motor Cycle Industry Association

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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.

Bob Holt CEO DX hands over to Ron Series mid August.

In the same week, DX and John Menzies have terminated talks on merger. ‘It was not possible to agree suitable terms for the deal.’

DX shareholder Gatemore, Liad Meidar,

Bob Holt’s stewardship of the company throughout a challenging period and believe that the board arrived at the right conclusion with the Menzies transaction. We strongly believe that with leading positions in document exchange, secure delivery and IDW freight, DX is well positioned to thrive as a stand-alone basis.

Peter Kane,  founder of Business Post (1971) later UK Mail as former interim Chairman at UK Mail has handed over the reins to Peter Fuller after the £500m acquisition by Deutsche Post DHL Group in December 2016.

Institute of Couriers fellows with Honda CX 80's courier bike for commercial final mile delivery in the City.

Institute of Couriers President Lord Falkland was at the celebrations of the five hundredth year of the ancient guild ceremony of Cartmarking. A bumper turnout of Institute fellows, guests and IOC heads of industry talked shop and discussed the future of the transport & logistics sector in Guildhall Yard; Taylor report on modern employment, clean air LoCity, congestion and collaboration in the City of London all on the menu.

 

Minister for Employment, Damian Hinds, Wed Aug 16th said:

There are now 338,000 more people in work compared to this time last year.

 

 

DWP reported this week, OVER 3 MILLION MORE PEOPLE IN WORK SINCE 2010

  • Employment rate at record high 75.1% with a record 32.07 million people in work.
  • Unemployment down 57,000 on the quarter and is at lowest rate since 1975.
  • The number of people in employment has increased by 3 million since 2010, with over 75% of the increase being in full time work.

Official figures released today show the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.4% – the lowest level since 1975.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the number of people in work is at the highest level since records began in 1971. The record figures have been driven by increases in the number of people in secure work – over 75% of the increase in employment over the past seven years has been in full-time work.

The next step of exploding home delivery evolution began this week as Britain’s biggest grocer, Tesco, announced same-day from over 300 stores UK-wide. This brings Tesco same-day  first to market, ahead of AmazonFresh.

Adrian Letts, MD of Tesco Online, said:

Customers tell us they like getting their shopping delivered quickly and conveniently, and with our same day delivery service they can now order by lunch to get their shopping delivered for their evening meal.

Tesco launched same-day in London and the South East three years ago, UK wide same-day will cover the Shetland Islands in Scotland to Cornwall, roll-out to be completed by the end of next month.

 

Peter Millington, standards development team at BIS DFE IOA, reported this week that the standard for the Express Manager has been published on the government web site. This is a milestone step for the next-generation managers in Express, final mile.

The new levy funding will pay the bill for candidates, (circa £25k). No University fees and the candidate will be working, paid in a job in express while learning both on the job, on the net and in the classrooms of supporting Universities.

 

Carl Lomas, Chairman Inst of Couriers and Chairman of Transport for Greater Manchester Urban delivery group with Lord Mandelson, Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University for the 2017 graduation.

Postgraduate research in final mile e-retail, express delivery, Lomas collected a postgrad certificate from MMU based on two academic paper drafts on final mile express that are a project with Dr David Lascelles & Prof Tony Hines of MMU.

 

Whistl has made a big impression on the UK mail market since it began operating thirteen years ago and has grown to a £600 million business now managing the sortation and delivery of mail and parcels in the UK and internationally.  From bills to statements to advertising leaflets and brochures – one thing is for sure, the mail market is in good shape.

Carl Lomas IOC chair joined Whistl CEO Nick Wells and board members for a VIP tour of the company’s new super depot in Bolton which opened this week.  The size of the giant whistle that greats you at the front door is an indication of the size and ambition for this new super depot and the role it will play in the ambitious growth plans the company has for the future.

Police drop DX investigation as CEO Petar Cvetkovic steps down and re-structure takes place.

The City of London Police have dropped their investigation into DX last week but this week DX Group reported that the net debt at the end of what the company described as an ‘exceptionally challenging year’ is expected to be £19 million, revenues are expected to be just short of 300 million for the year to June 2017. CEO Petar Cvetkovic, and finance director Daljit Basi announcement went public that they would step down from board, taking place with immediate effect. DX reported James Hayward, FCA, to become interim CFO.

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