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The Express Trailblazer Apprenticeships

Individual express trailblazers from L2 to L6 are detailed below, but first to define the context. Where do Express Trailblazers fit in Road Based Logistics - Professional Development Stairway (PDS)  ?

Occupations in road transport logistics. Three clear streams, respected and mapped by the former skills council into Heavy transport, Warehouse and Express, mail.

The Professional Development Stairway (PDS) was developed by the sector skills council, Skills for Logistics and later adopted by the Logistics Guild and the National Logistics Academy. It is an excellent signpost to occupations in the sector. It was a job done by and for employers and has gained great respect over the years. Based on the functional and occupational mapping that underpinned National Occupational Standards, it set the framework for the logistics sector’s NVQ/SVQ and QCF qualifications.

PDS provided a comprehensive view of the range of job roles in the transport logistics sector open to employees at all levels. The  levels of PDS and the transfer and progression routes it illustrates provide a route map for any career in logistics from LGV driver to warehouse worker or sortation hub operative, from postal delivery to international logistics director.

Hover over or Touch the stairway below to see the qualifications for each Level

Professional Development Stairway V3

Level 8

PhD or research papers in the sector

Level 7

Degree apprenticeship Express executive manager

Level 6

Degree Apprenticeship Supply chain manager (ST0305)

Degree Apprenticeship Supply Chain Leadership Professional (ST0548)

Level 6 - Express

Degree apprenticeship Express Manager (ST0471)

Undergraduate degree Logistics Transport Manager West London University

Level 5 - Transport

Apprenticeship logistics operations manager

Level 5 - Warehouse

Apprenticeship logistics operations manager

Level 5 - Express

No qualifications are defined

Level 4 - Transport

No qualifications are defined

Level 4 - Warehouse

No qualifications are defined

Level 4 - Express

Apprenticeship Express sortation hub supervisor

Level 3 - Transport

Transport Manager CPC (certificate of professional competence)

Apprenticeship Logistics operations supervisor

Apprenticeship Transport planning technician (ST0336)

Apprenticeship Supply chain practitioner (ST0201) (FMCG)

Level 3 - Warehouse

Apprenticeship Logistics operations supervisor

Apprenticeship Transport planning technician (ST0336)

Apprenticeship Supply chain practitioner (ST0201) (FMCG)

Level 3 - Express

Apprenticeship Express delivery mentor

Level 2 - Transport

Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence)

Apprenticeship LGV Driver (ST0257)

Apprenticeship LGV Traffic Office (ST 0258 pathway)

Apprenticeship LGV Removals (ST0258 pathway)

Level 2 - Warehouse

Apprenticeship Warehouse operative (ST0259)

Level 2 - Express

Apprenticeship Express Sortation hub operative (ST0753)

Level 2 - Express

Apprenticeship Express delivery operative (ST0103)


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

Standard ST0103 approved for delivery May 2018

The Express Delivery Trailblazer standard at Level two is available here
The Express Delivery Operative apprenticeship standard endpoint assessment plan is available here (v5.8 updated 09 May 2018 - updates include simulation detail and mapping to grade descriptors for skills and behaviour.)
Draft Delivery Framework for Level two is available here (v1.1 updated 30 May 2018)

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 assessment EPA published May 2018. 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 is acting as the External Quality Assurance (EQA) assessor, Pearson Edexcel and City & Guilds have worked closely with IOC on the EPA.

The IOC  has mapped the standards units for delivery, showcasing best-practice training materials & recognises best-practice providers who deliver the training.

Express manager, degree Apprenticeship Level 6

Standard ST0471 agreed July 2017

Level six degree apprenticeship Express Manager is available here (v3.0 updated 28 Jun 2018)
Level six degree apprenticeship Express Manager end-point assessment  is available here (ST0471 EPA v9.5 updated 03 Jul 2018)

The Express employer group has a level six degree apprentice Express manager standard that was published August 2017 following an EOI with BIS in 2016. The End-point assessment (EPA) was submitted in May 2018. A document defining the headline terms was published by IOC June 2018, Logistics service providers, delivery network bandwidth, operating capacity and urban density are all issues in the delivery of the customer promise of 'on time, first time' .

Close partners are West London University and Derby. LMU, SHU & MMU are involved, giving wide UK coverage for the qualification for next-generation managers. The Institute of Couriers is acting as the EQA assessor.

Express delivery / sortation hub operator Level 2

Standard ST0753. EOI approved April 2017

Level two Express Delivery Sortation Hub Operator final submitted EOI is available here ( v2.0 submitted 28 Feb 2018). Draft explanation sheet here (Mar 2018)

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 sortation/ hub is empty after the shift, every shift.) A heads of industry group sat at round table with IFA in May 2018 secretaried by the IOC to outline the standard for the qualification, APC to Yodel, Royal Mail, DPD, Fedex, Hermes, TNT, with AELP sitting in. IFA have asked that express sortation is reviewed to fit in the warehouse & storage trailblazer, but sector feedback remains strong that express sits in its own pathway, there is no storage or warehousing in a sortation hub, the skills are different, there are no pallets, express sortation is fast-moving and based around complex sortation machines.

Express delivery / express courier supervisor Level 3

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

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

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

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

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

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.

 

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

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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Levy news from Govt in full discussion at Coventry conference hosted by Lindsay McCurdy Oct 27

Lindsay McCurdy put on the levy conference at Coventry days after govt released the first papers on delivery, perfect timescales for a master class in how the HMRC April 2017 levy collections will be delivered by providers for employers, large and small, levy and none levy players all explained. Levy paying employers who spend their pot can then claim 90% subsidy for further training. A full house extravaganza of all things you need for levy, employers and providers getting ready for May 2017 delivery.. Whistl, Tarmac and Stobart amongst the big employer attendees for transport.

 

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Academics focus on degree apprenticeship for National Express employers at IOC Heads of Industry – Oct 18th IOD, Pall Mall London SW1   

Academics in strength for round table group focus on Trailblazer degree apprentice at level six at the IOC heads of industry workshop at the IOD, Oct 18th

 

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Standing room only at Heathrow as BIS talked trailblazers, there was hydrogen power in the car park for an IOC heads of Industry briefing that followed a proven track record of fifteen minute slots across a varied agenda. Glen Davies TfL,  LoCity was first keynote address, ‘ 59% of white vans are in private registration!’ watching the thunderstorm cell, Heathrow Emma Gilthorpe talked air, focused on freight, 1.5 million tonnes a year through Heathrow projected to 3 million tonnes by 2030. FORS BIS & Hydrogen followed, Inpost talked collect, Nicholas Dunhill Parcel Space had collaboration at heart, Alex Farkas DWP was on hand as national logistics, Andrew Hartley, System training de-mystified levy for employers. Sarah Bell University of Derby had level 6 degrees in preparation. It was logistics employers parked wall to wall, City sprint, TNT, UK Mail FedEx and more in a briefing focused express speed.

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Trailblazer apprenticeship - Express delivery courier.  The Next step is warehouse hub & level three and four

Last day of January 2016,  Gerry Swift at BIS confirmed approval of the Express Delivery Driver standard, subject to some final amendments. IOC Heads of industry meet Feb 26th to debate the assessment and look at the next levels.

 

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Train the trainer conference at RTITB in the West Midlands looked at the answer. A full-house event of hauliers, trainers, awarding bodies and a traffic commissioner.

Trailblazer qualifications are headlining the transport news, both LGV and Express delivery courier, but who trains the trainers? To teach someone to drive a car you have to be a qualified instructor. There has long been discomfort in the heavy sector that no such qualification is needed in the truck world; the DVSA has a register but you don’t have to be on it and you don’t need any training qualification to teach truck drivers their driving skills.

RTITB launched their truck driver trainer standard in Telford. Carl Lomas, IOC chair, attended what was a big turnout. Hauliers, training providers, a traffic commissioner and awarding bodies were greeted with a display of heavy haulage from a yard full of MAN Iveco and Scania trucks.

 

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