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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

Express delivery / courier trailblazer apprenticeship standard was submitted to BIS today (November 26th) by the IOC and signed by the employer group chair, Justin Moore, CitySprint..

 

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yorkshire clydesdaleClydesdale Bank sponsored Heads of Industry event afternoon of  Oct 27th preceding the National Courier awards at the IOD. Clever fit to diary IOC are hosting a Heads of Industry strategy workshop during the same afternoon, sponsored by Clydesdale Bank who will be talking about diesel derivatives before BIS focus on the Courier Trailblazer apprenticeship and employer coalition for the workforce shortage. Free to IOC fellows you must email your attendance for a bacon butty lunch and the workshop to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Photo - IOC Chairman carl Lomas with IOC President Lord Falkland and the first draft of framework for the BIS courier trailblazer.

 

Courier Trailblazer makes its next steps with the first draft of the assessment framework.

A first framework draft is on the web for trailblazer courier apprenticeship.

 

Courier Trailblazer is ready for the next apprenticeship submission and has the first draft of assessment framework ready. Heads of industry are meeting Oct 27th (preceeding the evening of the National Courier awards) for the next step forward to a solution for workforce shortage in the courier sector.

 

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A Table full of support as industry turns out for a new courier qualification.


Friday Feb 12 is the deadline for the submission of the standards to BIS for the all new courier trailblazer apprentice qualification, courier companies turned out in first days of February to show the greatest  support the industry has ever seen.

Heads of the courier industry turned out in force, they were around the table to show their support for the new trailblazer apprenticeship for courier. A route for workforce to join a sector in need. If BIS give it the green light we could have the next generation of couriers in training by summer.

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