Logistics represents the fifth largest sector of the UK economy, employing over 1.6 million people with estimated costs of £75billion. Developing highly skilled people, who can managing supply chains and drive efficiencies provides organisations with huge potential for cost reduction, increased profits and potential for reinvestment.
The Logistics Academy at Forth Ports approached our University to help develop a Higher Apprenticeship Framework for International Supply Chain Management. This framework would provide the basis for the development of an Apprenticeship programme to help deliver this highly skilled workforce.
The team from Anglia Ruskin and Forth Ports worked together to define the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed in the industry. This included looking closely at key roles including; Supply Chain Designer, Scheduler and both Internal and External Controller.
Of critical importance to unlocking this full potential of the Apprenticeship is the development of Higher level learning and thinking skills including; the development of creative thinking, independent enquiry, reflective learning, team working and self-management.
The team’s findings were encapsulated in a framework and was approved by the Sector Skills Council (Skills for Logistics) and supported by the National Apprenticeship Service. Our first Higher Apprentices in International Supply Chain Management joined from GlaxoSmithKline in January 2015, followed by Apprentices from Premier Foods and Astra Zeneca 2016.
"From a company perspective, it’s important for us to grow our own talent. With our Higher Apprenticeship schemes we are investing in people by equipping them to degree level with real skills and knowledge that will benefit our business, and set them on the road to a great future career with us."
David Lynch, Global Head of Engineering, GSK