National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week

For National Apprenticeship Week 2022, we’re highlighting the wide variety of apprenticeships that are available in the transport and logistics sector.

From driving and warehousing, to admin and accounting, there are more apprenticeships on offer in our sector than you might think! 

Who are they for?

Apprenticeships aren’t just for young people – anyone over the age of 16 and not in full-time education can become an apprentice. They’re ideal if you’re just starting out in your career but can also be used if you’re looking for a career change. You can even do an apprenticeship if you're already working in the sector, as a way of developing new skills and progressing your career. If you hold a previous qualification, such as a degree, you could still be eligible for an apprenticeship. 

What are the benefits?

Apprenticeships provide a wide variety of benefits for both the learner and employer. As an apprentice, you will earn while you learn, gain recognised qualifications, enjoy greater independence, benefit from real-life work experience, have improved employment opportunities and get the chance to meet a range of people in the industry.

Employers, meanwhile, gain access to fresh ideas, new enthusiasm and the latest skills and knowledge. Apprenticeships are also a great opportunity for employers to address any skills gaps in their business and contribute towards helping the industry tackle the wider staffing shortage, whilst shaping the workforce of the future.

What are the roles?

There are plenty of apprenticeships on offer in the transport and logistics sector, from level 2 qualifications to degree level. Many of which you might already associate with the industry, such as driving and warehousing, and others like accountancy, admin and IT that can be found in other sectors. 

The transport and logistics industry is crying out for new talent, so it’s a great time to join. Here are just a few of the roles that are available via an apprenticeship pathway: 

Driver Apprenticeship

There are driving careers to suit everyone, you can work internationally or stay closer to home doing shorter delivery journeys. Here are a few different types: 

  • Large goods vehicle (LGV) driver: LGV drivers deliver goods to a range of settings, including warehouses, stores and residential homes. Customers range from large global organisations to sole traders. As an LGV driver you’ll need to interact with a variety of people, including transport planners, managers and freight loaders. You’ll also be responsible for keeping your load and vehicle in good condition and complying with traffic rules.
  • Passenger transport driver: These professionals drive buses, coaches or trams and are responsible for making sure people can travel safely and in comfort to their chosen destinations.
  • Urban driver: These drivers deliver and collect goods by road. They work for small, independently owned businesses to large organisations in sectors such as retail, agriculture and manufacturing. Urban drivers often provide technical support for the goods they deliver and require high levels of customer service.  

Warehouse Operative 

Warehouse operatives work in a variety of environments. Their role includes taking and checking deliveries, storing goods, packaging orders, loading goods for dispatch and maintaining records. They are also required to use a range of heavy-duty equipment and vehicles including forklift trucks as well as industry-recognised digital systems.

Supply Chain Practitioner 

The supply chain is at the heart of every business and the practitioner is a key part of ensuring this system of organisations, people, activities and information are working together to move products from supplier to customer. Typical duties include forecasting customer demand, liaising with factories and production lines, processing and scheduling orders and working with hauliers and distribution centres.

International Freight Forwarding Specialist 

International freight forwarding specialists are responsible for ensuring that your company and its clients remain compliant with all applicable customs, import and export regulations. The UK logistics sector deals with complex and ever-changing customs legislation, so a keen eye for detail and an ability to stay up to date with latest developments is key to this role. You’ll learn about the various customs procedures, classification of goods, modes of transport, electronic systems and the documentation required for moving goods across borders.

Want to know more?

There are many ways to find out more about apprenticeships. For general information you can visit the government website. Or for industry specific information see the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education. You can also use job websites to find local employers who may be recruiting using an apprenticeship scheme or speak with local colleges or training providers.

Join the RHA as an apprentice in one of these roles:

Please click on the role you are interested in to get more information.

National Apprenticeship Week 2022

The 15th annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships will be taking place across England between 7th-13th February 2022 #BuildTheFuture

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