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Institute of Couriers - Express Delivery Trailblazer News

IOC Chairman Carl Lomas

The sector numbers are exploding and we need a workforce to sustain the quality of our delivery.

Trailblazers apprenticeships look set to form an excellent solution under levy for our sector which is already rich in compliance focused training delivery. Employers want a one stop shop for a full stairway of express qualifications across the UK

IOC has acted as secretary to the express employer group chaired by Justin Moore, CitySprint for the Dept for Education (formerly BIS). Employers across the alphabet have been involved from APC to UK Mail. Originally a phase two submission, the Express delivery Standard was born from courier & re-edited to include walking post for the Royal Mail,  the level two standard was granted in the last days of 2016. An end point assessment developed with Edexcel and the IOC is outlining a framework for delivery. Levy banding funded at six thousand pounds for level two.

Justin Moore CitySprint chaired the strong employer group meetings, Jan 2017 -

We have outstanding contributions from so many employers, nationals, networks and local SMEs. The standard that will set the future qualification for the front line of our sector. It’s a big thank-you all round for everyone who has made this possible.’ ‘This will be a vocational qualification for our front-line teams delivering at the client face.

Broad input for the Express Standards came in from TfL & the LEP teams D2N2, LLEP, SEMLEP, NLEP and more, with education advice and support from AELP & Universities including Derby, SHU and LMU. Employer group vision launched from UCL Institute of Education's Two Way Street projects.

Next step. ( A full stairway of qualifications in Express. )

 

Express delivery Level 2

Operative in express delivery, from walking post to cycle, motorcycle, light & heavy van, or truck. The standard passed in July 2016 and the end point went to final edit July 2017. Originally focused on same day courier the express delivery standard developed through employer group meetings, CitySprint to UK Mail, same day courier to network & overnight. Royal Mail and Whistl focused on post and with further retail input from the likes of Asda and Specsavers the Trailblazer represents all forms of final mile delivery to client, from white goods to food, typically home delivery and with strong customer focus. The Institute of Couriers has mapped the standard for delivery & recognises best practice providers who deliver the training. Links below will take you to the standard, end point and delivery mapping.

Express manager, degree Apprenticeship Level 6

Standard agreed July 2017

The Express employer group has a level six degree apprentice Express manager standard that will be published August 2017 following an EOI with BIS in 2016. Close partners are West London University and Derby, LMU, SHU & MMU are involved, giving wide UK coverage for the qualification for next-generation managers.

Express delivery / sortation hub operator Level 2

Operative in an express sortation , load and unload skills to conveyor belt, packages in cages, sortation routes, automation systems to silos for re loading. (Nothing is stored in Express delivery, a happy warehouse/ hub is empty after the shift, every shift.)

Express delivery / express courier supervisor Level 3

(A driver role where responsibility for package sortation and route allocation takes place, a master/elite driver who spends time in the hub to over see routes and package allocation, but is still likely to hold a delivery allocation, operating in a dual role of delivery and supervision.)

Express delivery / express courier hub manager Level 4

(Supervisor / manager, responsible for route allocations of vehicles, both delivery and collection, working from the hub, managing incoming express delivery packages to volume and delivery timescales in a geographic area. Supervising collection routes into the network and allocating returns loads to the wider network. )

Express strategic manager Level 7

Strategic manager, responsible for multiple sortation and vehicle routing sites. Working toward a masters degree level.

A variety of extra links below take you to standards and end point assessment plans and the delivery frameworks.

Document Links

The Express Delivery Trailblazer Standard at level two is available here

The Express Delivery Operative Apprenticeship Standard Endpoint Assessment Plan is available here (updated 30 Aug 2017) with the current grading scheme here (12 Sep 2017)

Draft delivery Framework for level two is available here (1 Express Delivery module(s) mapped)

Level six degree apprenticeship express manager is available here (v2.8 updated 30 Jun 2017)

Levels two, three and four draft  EOI is available here (v3.5 updated 23 Feb 2017)

Level seven draft Express strategic manager EOI is available here (v3.5 updated 23 Feb 2017)

 

Relevant DfE Skills Funding Agency documents are placed in the Standards Archive here, including...

DfE Skills Funding Agency 1-page checklist: A step-by-step guide to the apprenticeship service

DfE Skills Funding Agency: Finding The right training provider

 

BIS Taylor Report: Employment Status Review Dec 2015

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.

Published in IoC Trailblazer

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.

 

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What is logistics? How does it fit in the sector, Supply Chain, Transport Logistics and Express. BIS, DfE IfA, like others outside the sector are confused with our terminology.

Supply chain is about purchase, Logistics is about transport, road, rail air and sea. Road is vehicles and storage, Express is about final mile, postcode sortation, mail and final mile delivery.

Mick Jackson from the Skills Council set three clear streams for logistics many years ago for the Sector Stairway, they remain clear today and well signposted. LGV for heavy Transport, Warehouse and Storage and thirdly, Mail, express and courier.

 

 

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Next generation managers look set to get their very own qualification for final mile, built by final mile employers. The qualification for the job role has been outlined at degree level for the pending levy to the department of education. This completes a stairway of opportunities for express final mile delivery in the new land of levy that ranges from front line driver to board level strategic manager and includes sortation in the hubs.

Justin Moore comments,

A Stairway of qualifications for our sector as the next generation of workforce evolves.

 

Published in IoC Qualifications

Express Manager Degree Apprenticeship Trailblazer workshop for Express employers sits at Heathrow.

Latest version of standard updated from January one-to-one employer meetings and the Heathrow employer workshop.

Help review the standard before submission on Feb 23

There have been a number of operational one-to-one meetings with employers and workshops north and south leading to the present draft standard, it's not too late to have your say and your input is very welcome to the group. V2 Standard here.

Express Trailblazer chair Justin Moore was at the Heathrow table to talk level six degree apprenticeships for the final mile, home delivery managers of the future.

This is about delivery, express delivery, final mile, delivering to customer chain in an evolving market of client requirements from e-retail.

 

IOC chair and Express employer group secretary Carl Lomas,

Express manager is not about storage, warehouse or supply purchase, this is about fulfilling final mile transport demand to customer for an evolving, new and exploding sector of logistics.

Hosting the workshop, Tracy Aust, Principal West Thames College comments

These trailblazers provide a fantastic opportunity to really meet the needs of one of the fastest growing sectors. From provision at level 2 through to provision at level 6, they offer a career path for those just entering the sector as well as providing opportunities and career progression for those employees that we already have working within the sector. The on-the-job training, provides the perfect mix to earn as you learn!

 

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Information technology and education to provide next-generation workforce at Heathrow.

IT Master Connects up for driver simulation for System Training in the Heathrow logistics hotspot at West Thames College logistics excellence event.

Inst of Couriers chair, Carl Lomas was at the van simulator education launch with Colin Gordon, the information Technology livery Master Chris Histed, West Thames college principal Tracy Aust and West London University Matt Snowdon.  A logistics hot-spot for next generation final mile workforce, combined with TfL LoCity event and a college open day to showcase to students a stairway of trailblazer qualifications in Express from driver to degree apprenticeship in the new land of levy.

 

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Rich in express employers including Hermes and the Royal mail.

Levy land racing towards the employers, IOC proud to be at the Trailblazer DfE NEC conf to talk shop with express employers. Delivery targets for the express delivery level two and pending degree apprentice level 6 for Express Manager. Lomas was on hand to showcase the logistics journey of a pineapple around the world to free home delivery at final mile with DfE David Sampson.

Carl Creswell, Deputy Director DfE opened a full house at the NEC to applause of employers from across the UK.

A big thank-you for helping improve apprenticeships. This is a big programme, over 200 trailblazer groups. During this transition of change I thank you for employment input. Many DfE managers are moving into the Institute for Apprenticeships (IFA). 40% of frameworks turned off as the new standards come in. We are working to all starts of standards by 2020.

 

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Institute of Couriers President, Viscount, Lord Falkland, ‘ This is a solution to the next generation workforce’.

Photo features Academic support for the new degree apprenticeship including West London University and Derby University.

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Next generation workforce success for exploding final mile!

IOC president, Lord Falkland,

This is a solution to the next generation workforce in final mile and we should be proud of the dedication of employers in the sector who have given time, expertise and energy to reach this goal for our sector.

Breaking New Year news will report the details but here is a shot from the front page with the ink still wet.  Success for next generation front line final mile. BIS, Dept for Education have cleared the Trailblazer level two standard for delivery.

 

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DWP Logistics national team headed by Alex Farkas take a look at Express.

IOC chair Carl Lomas delivered the pineapple presentation to DWP regional managers to showcase exploding figures in Express, home delivery, final mile logistics. Retail shift from high street to home delivery was at the heart of the presentation using IMRG figures explaining trends of workforce move as shoppers changed to internet shop.  Lomas talked Trailblazer from level 2 to 6, a job for life in an emerging sector of logistics as shopping trend moves from high street to e-retail internet shopping and home delivery.

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