Hauliers wanted to help design new apprenticeship framework

Small and medium-sized hauliers have been urged to take part in developing a bid to ensure the sector is represented in the government’s new Trailblazer apprenticeship models.

Trailblazer apprenticeships are being developed following the Richards Review, which found that existing frameworks did not adequately reflect the needs of businesses. New apprenticeships will be designed by employers specifically for roles in their sectors, with funding to be made directly available to employers for external training purposes.

All existing apprenticeship schemes and associated funding will end in September 2017.

Chaired by Colin Snape, HR manager at Nagel-Langdons, the pan-industry logistics consortium is proposing a Level 2 Supply Chain Specialist apprenticeship featuring two core modules that all students will take: ‘An Introduction to the Supply Chain’ and ‘Customer Services in the Supply Chain’.

Students will then chose one of three pathways to follow: driver; warehouse operative; and operator (which includes traffic office, freight forwarder, import/export clerk etc). Each pathway would then incorporate different modules specific for different parts of the sector.

Snape said: “I have been pushing for a really good apprenticeship in logistics for years, but no one has ever really grasped the idea. TrailBlazers is our chance to do something about this.”

He is particularly keen to encourage SMEs to take part, proposing that larger logistics firms could act as mentors to provide assistance with running an apprenticeship – such as providing training resources  for smaller subbies’ apprentices and providing advice on applying for funding.

If you would like to find out more and how you can get involved with steering the project, please contact colin.snape@nagel-langdons.co.uk.