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Logistics Manager at level six submitted by IOC to BIS

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Proposal to develop apprenticeship standard degree apprenticeship logistics manager went into  BIS March 29 by IOC in collaboration with University of Derby and a strong employer group that first met over two years ago.

A strong employer group with a track record at level 2 and submissions of a career path to level four all in development; foundation degrees were first discussed by the group more than 18 months ago.

IOC has acted as secretary to  the express delivery group chaired by Justin Moore, CitySprint. IOC have ready completed work to develop the Level 2 standard for express delivery drivers/couriers & provided an expression of interest to develop levels 3 & 4 in express logistics.

Justin Moore,

I have written to BIS seeking approval for the development of a level 6 standard for such a degree apprenticeship.  I have asked Carl Lomas CBE, IOC to continue to provide secretariat services to the group and lead this work.

Logistics Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship

Vision for the Degree Apprenticeship

Discussions between the University of Derby and IOC with the employer group for Express delivery have resulted in the following vision for the Degree Apprenticeship.  There are two significant human resources challenges within the logistics sector; attracting and employing young people and up-skilling existing operational and management employees. The Degree Apprenticeship is for school/college leavers or an existing workforce (no age limit).  The programme will help recruit and develop school/college leavers with the requisite skills and knowledge, and equip them with a degree whilst earning and learning in the workplace.  It is also relevant to existing and established managers who wish to develop their capability in logistics in a senior role.  Specific job roles for existing staff may include: Operations Managers, Sortation Depot Managers or any employee with significant management responsibility.  This apprenticeship can play a critical role in succession planning in terms of strengthening an existing workforce and building a pipeline of future logistics managers.

Senior Logistics Manager; Job description

·         Personally responsible for the delivery of operational, financial, customer service and people objectives.

·         Works with other members of the senior leadership team to regularly review performance levels and continuously improve strategies to make both long term and tactical business decisions.

·         Manages and drives manpower demand plans, schedules, quality initiatives, process change initiatives and assists the business to achieve year on year improvements within its operating plan.

·         Manages a team across multiple sites within a fast-paced/time-critical and demanding environment.

·         Creates leads and engages a workforce to drive enhanced performance through the business people agenda. This will include the safety of people, employee engagement, performance leadership, talent & succession and training & development.

·         Implements change and/or develops new processes as required to provide ability to better service customers, managing costs whilst looking to serve and improve performance.

Programme Specification

·         Qualification: Level 6 in Logistics Management

·         Duration: 3-5 years dependent on previous experience, individual progression rate and work place opportunities to develop

·         Assessment: Work based projects and assignments

·         Employers: Provide apprentices with full-time paid employment ( contracted) and support the apprentice to gain new skills

·         Apprentices: Must work in a relevant role in the sector

IOC & UoD wish to follow the first option for Degree Apprenticeship development outlined by BIS.

·         Employers, universities and professional bodies can come together to co-design a fully-integrated degree course specifically for apprentices, which delivers and tests both academic learning and on-the-job training. We think this will be the preferred approach for many sectors, as the learning is seamless and does not require a separate assessment of occupational competence.

We are very representative of our sector(s) and are willing to work with other employers who come forward with an interest in this occupation and with colleagues from other sectors where our standards are closely related. We envisage most Trailblazer meetings taking place in London and in East Midlands, logistics ‘golden triangle’ locations.

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