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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

Express delivery / courier trailblazer apprenticeship standard has been authorised by BIS at level 2, level 3 and 4 is on the starting grid and framework assessment design has begun.

IOC Tracey Worth met up with UPS at the recent RTITB train-the-trainer conference in the West Midlands to understand the system that leads to a high quality delivery in the express sector. Tracey had the discussion with Gary Swift and Andrew Louden who leads the UPS driver training for UPS UK, based in Tamworth, Midlands.

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BIS Apprenticeship Trailblazer focus for Express Delivery courier in the Oxford Newbury area.

Talking shop with IOC Chair Carl Lomas about BIS recognition for Express Delivery courier apprentice trailblazer, Adrian Smith of Swift Couriers (Oxford &  Newbury) explained: ‘Elite couriers, this is where we need to be.’

Adrian Smith, IOC Fellow and owner of Swift - a strong company-owned van fleet, operating PAYE drivers and providing quality service to the West London corridor around the postcodes of Newbury and Oxford with focus on medical services clients. ‘Every driver goes through a detailed induction, 6 months attendance, 6 months specialisation to make the step to one of our elite couriers.’

Adrian is one of the heads of Industry Fellows joining the IOC panel discussions Feb 26th in the City of London with TfL boss Mike Brown. The invitation-only event is before the Fellows' gowning on the same evening at the House of Lords. Call Tracey Worth for details of a diary must-do (07976 263745)

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Friday 29th January,  BIS confirming approval of the Express Delivery Driver standard, subject to some final amendments.

Gerry Swift, Standards Development Team. BIS/DfE Apprenticeships Unit

Congratulations on having the standard approved and many thanks to you and the rest of the group for all your hard work on this.’

 

IOC Chairman Carl Lomas comments

This is a great step for our future workforce in express delivery and courier, Justin Moore City Sprint chaired the employer group meetings, outstanding contributions from so many employers, nationals, networks and local SMEs. The standard that will set the future qualification for our sector. It’s a big thank-you all round for everyone who has made this possible. Broad input came in from the LEP teams D2N2, LLEP, SEMLEP, NLEP and more with education advice and support from Universities including Derby, SHU and LMU. This will be a vocational qualification for our front-line teams delivering at the client face.

First emails following the Friday afternoon news...

Patrick Gallagher, CitySprint, ‘Great news, congratulations.’ Alastair Brooks Manchester college, ‘Fantastic news, congratulations.’ Sarah Maddox, UK Mail. ‘Great news.’ Sharon Davies, DHL, ‘Well done.’ Elaine Harris, Action Express, ‘Fantastic’. Marjorie Semple, principle West Thames college Heathrow, ‘Fantastic news – well done for getting that through.’  Stephen Ram Kissun, AELP. ‘Well done looks very promising to seal of approval from BIS.’ Andrew Lowery TNT, ‘Brilliant  - not every Friday you get a green light like this.’  Patrick Henry, Grimsby ac ‘That's good news well done’. Pierre de Carteret, ‘Congratulations, that is excellent news!’.  Stewart Segal AELP ‘Congratulations.  I am sure it will prove very beneficial for the sector.'

More as they come in...

Jill Godard, Findafuture, ‘Excellent news - well done to you and your team and your industry colleagues. A great start to 2016!’  Professor Rod Dubrow-Marshall Univ Derby, ‘This is really great news’.

Steve May NCDA, Sameday Company, ‘Excellent News, Congratulations, everyone should be applauded for the hard work.’ Lisa Smailes Pearson-Edexcel, ‘That's great news that the standard has now been approved, congratulations!’ Professor Liz Barnes, Deputy VC, Sheffield Hallam Unv, ‘Great news! Well done.’

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Deputy Director of the joint DfE/BIS Apprenticeships Unit Jennifer Coupland opened: introduction of the new institute for apprenticeships before key focus - ‘end point assessments’ measuring the assessments, quality and comparability both internally and externally. Event closed with an outline from Mark Froud FSSS (fed for sector skills standards) ‘certificate production by FSSS will be mandatory for all trailblazers’

 

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BIS have just launched this month’s surveys on Standards; the Express Delivery standard is now online - click  here to see the survey

 

Carl Lomas IOC Chair,

I am keen to see feedback into BIS for their online survey. Trailblazer submissions, Express delivery / Courier deadline is Friday, Dec 11th .

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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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