IoC News - February 2015

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House of Lords. New Fellows Gowning

2015 news gowning

full report in the House of Lords news section.

Courier Trailblazer Apprenticeship not yet through.

The phase three trailblazer for courier has come back for more work, BIS have asked for further detail on the length/stretch of the qualification and outline of the wider jobs around courier. Next submission date is Friday 5th June. There will be a sector workshop to focus on the detail at the IOC stand at Multi Modal show NEC. City & Guilds and Pearson remain solid as education partners to look at the new framework.

David Sampson, head of standards BIS/DfE  ‘ I am sorry to say that your standard wasn’t approved by the Minister for Skills on this occasion.
Whilst the Panel felt that the standard was well written, they had a fundamental concern, namely that, as the role is currently described in the draft standard, it doesn’t justify 12 months of sustained and substantial training when considering whether or not to recommend approval of a standard. On a point of detail, the Panel also thought the standard could be improved by explaining in the first section the wider variety of courier roles that are available. I know that this will be disappointing news for the employers involved, but hope that you will find this feedback helpful, next submission date is Friday June 5th.’

Latest updates on the courier trailblazer can be found on the dedicated web at


Trailblazer for the next generation of UK couriers.

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.

2015 news trailblazer

An industry in support of its future with a huge backing for the new trailblazer qualifications. Industry letters of support on the table from the nationals, networks and SMEs of the UK. Transport for London boss, Sir Peter Hendy added his support alongside the awarding bodies of Pearson and City & Guilds.

CV Commercial Vehicle  Show at the NEC.

Britain’s leading road transport and logistics show returns to the NEC in Birmingham, April 14 – 16th, 2015. Heavy truck and trailer manufacturers are once again joined by a growing strength of van manufacturers, it is becoming a great show to touch and fell the white vans from Ford to Vauxhall stand and more, presented in all forms and load capacities. The free to attend show features over 450 exhibitors. Within the main event, 'Workshop 2015' is a must visit dedicated sector for fleet engineers and technicians, whilst 'Cool 2015' is the ‘hot ticket’ for operators involved in temperature controlled transport. More information is available on the official Show website

DHL delivers by Helicopter

Londons first helicopter courier service launched today (Londard Standard) promising next-day delivery documents to the City from US. The servicce flying daily from Heathrow to the Isle of Dogs will cut journey time of upto one hour before road couriers complete the job.

Motorcycle theft is reduced to zero in Westminster ‘hotspot’

MCIA reports Motorcycle thieves are now avoiding St James’s Square in London, thanks to a series of anti-theft initiatives. The Square was identified as one of four ‘hotspots’ for motorcycle theft by Westminster City Council, with around 52 motorcycles or scooters stolen each year from its parking bays -  around one a week. £1 million worth of motorcycles, scooters and mopeds have been stolen from the whole of the City of Westminster since April 2014 - a total of 191. Since September though, none have been taken from St James’s Square, as a result of a series of measures put in place by Westminster City Council through working in partnership with the Metropolitan Police and security marking specialists Datatag.  This could be rolled out to other ‘hotspots’.

Uber have launched UberCargo but not yet in the UK

Uber has launched a new service that will let you transfer freight with the assistance of a new ‘rent-a-van’ service called UberCargo.

Big items like furniture, mattresses, and white goods will be transported to the required destination by an independent large van owner.Uber said that the service is ideal for transporting any kind of item around: “With UberCargo, a van arrives wherever you want it to be in minutes. The item’s location can be shared with the recipient and you can even ride along with your goods so you’ll have ease of mind that your items are safe.”