The first Express Trailblazer Apprenticeship qualification is ready for delivery

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TfL boss Mike Brown with IOC Chair Carl Lomas say Express Trailblazer is ready for delivery TfL boss Mike Brown with IOC Chair Carl Lomas say Express Trailblazer is ready for delivery

Three and a half years in the making, funding is agreed and it's ready for training providers to dish up to the sector ! A sector that continues to explode in numbers, with career routes set for life.

The last part of the jigsaw fell into place today when Dept for Education, IFA published the funding band for Express Trailblazer level two delivery operative (Friday Aug 17). Band six places around four thousand pounds of levy fee available to candidates taking up the brand new express qualification.

TfL boss Mike Brown was on hand to congratulate IOC chair Carl Lomas who has been acting as secretary to the express employer group for the last three and a half years. Mike Brown is also the chairman of the DfT STAT group - Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce. Mike is holding this year's STAT annual review,  which details the Express sector. Lomas is showcasing the Express logos for the new qual that will provide strong support to new-generation drivers in or entering the final mile sector.



Mike Brown comments,

Apprenticeships are key to meeting future skill requirements. This success is underpinned by well-informed sector material made collectively across the Express sector.


Chairman of the employer group Justin Moore, CitySprint commented,

This is great news for the sector; great news for the next-generation workforce.



News of the Express qualification funding arrived in the same week IMRG reported over fifteen per cent of year-on-year growth, first half of 2018 e-retail value is up 16.3% on the same period in 2017.

Sir Gerry Berragan, chief executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships,

As sector specialists the express trailblazer group really understood the sector's needs, and they’ve worked hard to include the skills and experience that would best serve both employers and apprentices in this occupation for the future. Ultimately, this apprenticeship will produce well trained, skilled employees who can add significant value and help their organisations thrive.

The Express qualification for delivery operatives is aimed at front line drivers in the final mile, last mile, home delivery sector of express logistics, it was conceived in January 2015 and became a phase two entry to the trailblazer, a rich content of employer material from repeated round-tables over the last years has built a robust standard and end-point assessment for the qualification. Awarding bodies, Pearson and City & Guilds have been at the helm of the assessment material. Transport bodies TfGM and TfL have given input, as has education body AELP.

Mike Dawes, boss at AELP comments,

This is a fantastic step forward for the express group; really well done.


The Institute of Couriers has already mapped the apprenticeship material for training providers; a detailed work-book of express sector material awaits the next generation.

The IOC recognises best practice in training provision with a list of approved providers for the new qualification. IOC will also be acting as the offficial external quailty auditor (EQA).

The standard, end-point assessment and funding band details can be found on the IOC web.

Last modified on Friday, 17 August 2018 18:54