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IoC Qualifications

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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

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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 Mayor's Transport Policy 2018 

MCIA

Documents produced by the Motor Cycle Industry Association

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Institute of Couriers chairman, Carl Lomas looks at the headlines,

Lomas, ‘Infrastructure remains key, fleet charge at a hub or individual driver charge at home ?

Nigel Banes SMMT, ‘ A patchwork quilt of London geographics, street-by-street compliance is not the way.

Simon Scarfe TfL, ‘Working with 33 London Boroughs is a big job. Compare it to 33 small cities

Sam Clarke Gnewt, ‘ Working in silos will create a long road to success.'

Tracey Worth IOC, ‘Clean air is not just about alternative fuel !

The full house tallied up 24 thousand vans at a single DfT round table, with giant display TVs for the energetic agenda.

Thursday, 12th April at 4.00 pm Regus Heathrow, Bath Road.

IOC chairman Carl Lomas was a guest of Hounslow Chamber at the oblong table of the Regus office at Heathrow with shippers, freight forwarders and handlers talking logistics in a frank and heated exchange opening on infrastructure. ‘Heathrow understands cargo but do they see cargo as a market ?

Keynotes followed on next generation workforce, e-retail digitisation and a finish on alternative fuel vehicles for clean air at Heathrow.

IOC Chairman Carl Lomas, sec of the DfE Inst for Apprenticeships Express employer group talks employment status and levy qualifications.

Lomas met Ben from Yodel to explain the latest position of apprenticeship qualifications for the Express sector and take a broad look at the IOC Taylor response document.

Capturing his thoughts - It’s a sector-wide issue, there is a lot of material on the IOC web worth a look, easy summaries for both Taylor, the IOC response and the March 2018 Good Work document response. There is also a full bubble on the express qualifications  where the first delivery that uses levy is very close at both manager and frontline driver level.

 

IOC Chairman Carl Lomas, sec of the DfE Inst for Apprenticeships Express employer group talks employment status and levy qualifications.

Lomas met Ben from Yodel to explain the latest position of apprenticeship qualifications for the Express sector and take a broad look at the IOC Taylor response document.

Capturing his thoughts - It’s a sector-wide issue, there is a lot of material on the IOC web worth a look, easy summaries for both Taylor, the IOC response and the March 2018 Good Work document response. There is also a full bubble on the express qualifications  where the first delivery that uses levy is very close at both manager and frontline driver level.

 

The Institute for Apprenticeships IFA announced this Friday the appointment of Robert Nitsch CBE as its new Chief Operating Officer. Robert is a professional engineer with a strong background in logistics. Major General, he has been the Army’s Personnel Director for the past three years with significant leadership roles in his military career.

 

An ocean of space, painted shades of blue, 21m tall, speculatively built on the M1 Middle England corridor at the heart of exploding e-retail.

IOC maintained its influence on the work of Local Enterprise Partnerships in the last week of March.  As an active member of the SEMLEP Logistics Forum we contributed to an event at the Altitude building at Magna Park in Milton Keynes.

SEMLEP is viewed by government as the most effective of the LEPs and other LEPS are adopting their ideas on employer engagement and implementation of local growth plans.  In the SEMLEP area, logistics employs nearly 100,000 people, so IOC's work with SEMLEP ensures the needs of the Express Delivery sector are to the fore in their plans.

Discussion in the Forum – attended by employers, local councils, training organisations and academics from nearby Cranfield University -  covered career pathways for young people and ways to promote apprenticeships in the sector.

Mike Brown opened the Friday morning event with group focus on how TfL can work in partnership with the freight industry and business community to deliver the Mayor’s Transport Strategy (MTS).

Big final mile players in the room - Hermes, DPD & DHL among the final mile folk - Ocado & John Lewis.

Exploding express, a third of all transport today is final mile and it was well represented.

Academics from Westminster and Sheffield.

Heavy truck folk talked parking tickets dominating but real focus was on Mayor's Transport Strategy; find an easy link to the new document on the IOC web.

Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Transport is a cornerstone of my vision for a fairer, greener, healthier and more prosperous city.

 

IOC chair of electric vehicle group, Sam Clarke is looking at green beyond the power train.

Gnewt Cargo is participating in a trial to investigate whether ‘parcel porters’ could help reduce carbon emissions from delivery vans.

Researchers from four universities are delivering the project, in which porters will meet with van drivers at the kerbside and receive pre-prepared bags of parcels to deliver to homes and offices on foot.

It is expected that this could reduce the amount of time vans spend out on delivery, thus improving local air pollution due to the decreased mileage per round.

Whistl, the big orange postal machine, has announced that Fabiola Sharratt is to join the company on 3 April as Operations Director and will sit on the Executive Board.

Fabiola was Group Operations Director at the British e-commerce company, The HUT, which is Europe’s fastest growing health and beauty online retailer.

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