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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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The 22nd National Courier Awards will be held at the IoD, Pall Mall, London SW1 on Tuesday October 9th 2018.

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, will return to the post of chair of judges for 2018. The four key categories remain, two wheels, four wheels, contract and office. The gala evening event is Oct 9th 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 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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During the IOC Taylor review, express and courier operators unanimously asked IOC for a code of conduct and this is on the way.

At the heart of such a code will be a clarification to all parties of the status of employment and an understanding of that status between the parties.

Employment status, PAYE, self-employed and worker status have been at the heart of the Taylor review for the express courier sector, who often engage van drivers in multiple and mixed platforms of employment; cost of van, fuel and maintenance, mixed with choice of routes and hours of delivery placing many drivers in the self-employment category.

IOC clearly established the majority of express operators do not view themselves in the gig economy, having bricks and mortar distribution networks and long-standing business models. Flexibility of working patterns opens opportunities across a wide diversity of driver while urban density issues challenges income value against minimum pay where deliveries are spaced apart in green road environments.

This week GMB union hit the express news with the latest Leeds tribunal reported below. And at the same time the Pimlico plumbers appeal was reported, London partner of Irwin Mitchell has published a review of the Pimlico case, summary below.

August 1st set for IOC round table to review sector code of conduct.

Heads of industry hold the date August 1st, lunch and pm, round table review for headlines of the IOC sector code of conduct/practice.

The round table will be hosted by Irwin Mitchell at their Holborn London HQ. Key agenda items of the code will include status of employment for couriers.

Recent EBISS event in Utrecht co-hosted by PostNL.

Tiemen van Bruggen was asked to join the podcast. Podcast report Tiemen van Bruggen is Transformation Director at PostNL, he joins me to talk about delivery and strategy. We talk about differences in residential delivery across various European countries, setting up a delivery network from scratch, and agile development.

Rich in operator discussion at the heart of low emission solutions for light vehicles, cargo bikes and small vans

Lomas opened with a pineapple example of supply chain delivered to the door in the exploding e-retail final mile client chain.

Rob Scott Greater London Hire, GLH, ‘We all need to be more joined up with a common view of clean air.

Sam Clarke Gnewt, ‘It's crazy not to have parking next to charge points.

Kevin Valentine, Addison Lee, ‘You need to scale up the rapid charges really fast.'

June sunshine, football fever as TfL LoCITY light vehicle group packed the Broadway TfL building in SW1, no seats left in the house, operators talking real delivery of clean air included, CitySprint, Addison Lee, Ocado and UPS as frank exchanges detailed the understanding of real world steps, for April 2019 ULEZ and what was going to be beyond.

 

DPD boss Dwain MacDonald,

Our new Nottingham depot is helping to improve mileage, journey times and CO2 emissions. Investment in new locations, larger, purpose-built depots and our new, larger DCs make a huge difference to our operational efficiency. Nottingham gives us room to carry on growing.

 

Chairman of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire LEP D2N2, Peter Richardson named the region as the inspirational postcode of England, with eighty per–cent of the UK within four hours' tacho drive.

The new DPD depot brings efficiency in routes that will support clean air and load 200 new jobs into the LEP zone when Nottingham becomes fully operational.

With National Clean Air Day 21st June falling in the middle of Ride to Work Week 18th – 24th June, Institute of Couriers CEO, Tracey Worth thought it was a good opportunity to highlight the part motorcycles play in reducing congestion and air pollution in the UK.

IOC President Viscount, Lord Falkland was on two wheels for a week in parliament and took the opportunity during Harriet Harman's speech to announce he was commuting to the Lords on a motorcycle.

From GLA Clean Air conference at City Hall to a Manchester meeting, Tracey took to two wheels for her commute.

Great fun on a very smart red Ducati two wheeler that was an easy machine to handle in both the city traffic and the urban roads.

With a pair of panniers the bike would be at home on final mile deliveries but this trip was just between meetings. It was quick, economical and delivered a clean air solution.

London's City Hall for the Commercial EV Trial – One Year In Event.

At home in the dome of glass with vistas from the Tower of London to HMS Belfast talking clean air at the heart of the govt of London with GLA in City Hall and express folk including Addison Lee, CitySprint, GLH, Hermes, Premier, TNT, ZE Cargo.

IOC chair of electric group Sam Clarke Gnewt delivering the keynote vehicle speech. Patrick Feehily, ‘We need to get smarter about when and where we get local energy’ Christina Calderato spoke LoCITY, ‘we are helping fleets prepare for ULEZ.’ Venn Chesterton talked innovate UK project on freight trials and asked the question 'how clean is gas for alternative fuels?’.Andy Steele, delivered the results of the EV Trial one year in. ‘Smaller vehicles in the trial got to park close to delivery locations while larger vehicles had to park further away.

Daniel Barratt,  The London Mayor's Special Smart Energy lead for the Greater London Authority chaired the event at City Hall SE1 overlooking Tower Bridge.

Everywomen in Transport and Logistics Awards 2018 Supply Chain Leader award went to express final mile, IOC fellow, Faye Calland who took the win for supply chain leader 2018.

Faye Calland is National Same Day Manager - Storage, Fashion & Solutions, TNT.

Judged on: Leader – Celebrates a woman operating in a senior role within her organisation. Faye makes a significant contribution to the strategic direction of the business at TNT.

The Supply Chain Leader is awarded to a woman who is innovating and excelling in her role within the supply chain environment.

 

2018 Van driver of the Year award goes to ‘The Hoss’ GLH Driver David Hosler

Greater London Hire, one year on from their fifty year anniversary raised the bar again with a celebration bash to recognise excellence from bike to van in delivery success for London with the core value of family.

Inst of Couriers CEO Tracey Worth was in London with the GLH family and bagged a girl power photo with Zoe Walsh and Rossana Scott to join family in logistics and recognise people at the heart of the sector.

Eddie the Eagle lands on stage to present Swift Logistics a West Berkshire win.

Eddie the Eagle announces,

This year’s Most Committed Organisation to Learning award goes to the Swift Logistics Group, a Newbury-based distribution and warehousing company.

 Adrian Smith, Swift Logistics boss,

Our view at Swift is simple. investment and support of your community and the development of youth is a sound investment in your own future, we follow this mantra in all our decisions and investments in both our business activities and many and varied communities support programs. Our community matters. It’s sustainable, responsible and effective, and more importantly- it feels great!

IOC with the Warehouse Technology Group WTG conference in Manchester.

IOC chair, Carl Lomas got hands-on in the warehouse, now enjoying its eighth year – the WTGLive 'Smart Warehouse' event was a combination of keynote presentations, live demonstrations, advice clinics and networking for logistics and warehousing professionals.

Keynote speaker Mike Vernon, Head of Innovation at Kuehne & Nagel UK shared his extensive experience in employing warehouse technology to reduce costs, increase throughput and deliver a better customer experience.

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