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‘Bridging the gap between the perceptions of academics and apprenticeship streams.’

The STAT Supply chain skills network June conference started with strong, extra strong coffee in Friday sunshine at the Connaught rooms with three young apprentices introducing the event that was focused on next generation workforce.

The very latest skills-forecasting document, published the previous day, was on the tables. The apprentices opened the event and closed it, they spoke about bridging the gap between perceptions of the two stream options, academic or apprentice.

Keynote by Mike Brown, ‘We must rise to the challenge and find our future talent.

Words from the under sec of state, Nusrat Gahni and powerful deliveries from employers including Skanska, Network Rail, Highways England alongside CIPD boss Peter Cheese who spoke more consistent language on core skills in the supply chain.

Nick Wells talks acquisition of Parcelhub and Mail Workshop for Whistl

Whistl is the UK's largest Downstream Access Business Mail provider and is actively pursuing growth strategies in the doordrop media, parcels, fulfilment and international markets across the UK.

FORS Version 5 – Vans and two-wheelers coming.

FORS standard in the new Trailblazer degree apprenticeship.

Fleet operator recognition scheme, FORS almost ten years old and set to launch version five of the standard at this year’s national conference in middle England on October 16th.

FORS was built and designed for trucks, tachographs and trailers at its heart, bronze, silver and gold FORS accreditation stickers on the back of almost five thousand trucks today.

FORS looks set to make a turn to re-focus on vans and even include powered two-wheelers for this decade’s showcase of road safety standards.

The most exclusive news in the Express logistics sector.

May 16th Microlise Transport Conference Coventry Ricoh Arena

Quentin Wilson opened with an appeal to understand the science of clean air combustion solutions.

Blue carpet packed full with top keynotes, new comfy chairs and headlined by Cranfield Professor Richard Wilding OBE who talked language for change. ‘Stuff that gets delivered without you asking.’

Take a tour of the stands with an exclusive IOC photo gallery. Take a tour of the morning keynotes below.

IOC had big announcements as Carl Lomas signed up for Transaid's Lands End to John O’Groats , June 2019...

...and then the really big moment when Dept for education released news the Express Trailblazer qualification is published and ready for delivery. Three years in the making, news launched at Microlise check the full story here

On the eve of the Microlise Driver conference is the gala dinner ceremony at the Coventry Ricoh arena with over three hundred guests to celebrate road-based drivers.

Transaid showcase and a top line video showcasing miles and miles of Microlise data to find the drivers of the year for the awards.

The evening featured an excellent menu, a great opportunity for networking and the presentation of the 2018 Microlise Driver of the Year Awards, which recognise excellence in the driving community.

Entertainment from Hot House Music  in addition to one of the UK's leading comedians, Mark Watson, supporting proceedings.


Mike Brown welcomed Tracey Worth as the new lead on Diversity.

It is such an important role that I know Tracey will bring huge enthusiasm and drive to the role and we look forward to supporting her. I am delighted she has accepted this important role


Thousands of depots at sortation round-table, IFA Coventry May 9th 2018

Express trailblazer employer group met in strength on May 9th at the Coventry HQ of the Institute for Apprenticeships. Thousands of express sortation depots were at the table to talk knowledge, skills and behaviour, developing vision for a new trailblazer standard for the sortation hub operatives in the express sector.


O’Donovan Waste are first in sector to achieve ISO 39001

IOC fellow Jacqueline O’Donovan reports she has achieved a momentous milestone by becoming the first dedicated final mile waste company to receive the ISO 39001 certification from BSI, which evaluates the management system of road safety and that seeks to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries from traffic accidents.

O’Donovan have already achieved ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) and BH OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety)

Have you applied for the Fulfilment House Due Diligence Scheme ?

FHDDS, HMRC’s new scheme started in April and aims to tackle VAT and customs duty fraud by overseas importers.

The FHDDS affects UK-based businesses that store imported goods on behalf of non-EU customers.  You must be approved by HMRC and your application needs to be submitted online to HMRC by 30 June 2018.

Institute of Couriers on stand 1026 at the UK and Ireland's largest transport and logistics event - Multimodal 2018

  • 225 exhibitors
  • 9,500 visitors
  • 35 conference sessions
  • 85 speakers
  • The Multimodal Mixer - networking for exhibitors and visitors
  • 12 Awards

Exclusive sneak-peek of the exhibitor stands before the doors even open ! see our photo-gallery of the stands