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Supply Chain Operations & Supply Chain Management Apprenticeships

Introduction To Supply Chain Operations Apprenticeships
Where would we be without supply chain operators? Those guys in supply chain jobs are the ones who make sure that just about any types of goods you can think of get from A to B - and sometimes C, D and further - safely and efficiently. Think you could do this type of job?

Where do you think your strengths lie, as a person? It’s these strengths that can help you identify what type of career might suit you and where you will get great job satisfaction.
  • Are you an organised person who can think logically and put that into practice to achieve results?
  • Do you love the idea of working in a fast paced environment where deadlines are often short?
  • Do you also likıe the idea of the type of role that is a desk job and also a job that gets you out there into the field?
  • Are you confident when dealing with people and think you might be able to develop excellent negotiation skills that can help the growth of the company you work for?
Sound exciting? If you are this type of person, and you have decided the university route is just not for you, then you might want to think about entering the world of logistics and doing supply chain jobs. Supply Chain Apprenticeships will equip you with all the necessary training needed to succeed in a role like this and, as well as nationally recognised qualifications on successful completion, you will also get paid to earn while you learn.

How Do Supply Chain Operations Apprenticeships Vary?
Well, let us just say, right now, wherever you do Logistics Apprenticeships in supply chain jobs, on successful completion, you will have covered the same training and you will achieve the same qualifications as someone who has done their Supply Chain Apprenticeships elsewhere.

This means that once you have completed Logistics Apprenticeships, if your employer is not in a position to offer you further employment as a supply chain operator or in supply chain management (depending on the level you have completed) you will be armed with all the experience and qualifications you need to apply for roles with other organisations. This training and evidence of qualifications will be recognised by future employers.

The only difference between logistics jobs as a supply chain operator is where you work. What are the goods you are dealing with? How big is the company you are working for? Is it a small local company or is it part of an international corporation? What does your employer require of their staff in supply chain jobs?

What Is Involved In Supply Chain Operations Apprenticeships?
Across the UK, Apprenticeships have been going through some exciting changes and developments which will be of benefit to you. All trades and professions will eventually have new Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards and, after a changeover period, these will replace the current framework.

What is great about these Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards is that they have been discussed and drawn up by groups of employers and professional bodies (where they exist) because these are the people who know exactly what skills you need to learn to be successful in your role. This means you can continue your career and it also means your industry benefits because you will be equipped to take it to the next level in the future.

Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard - Supply Chain Operator
The good news for those of you who want to do jobs in logistics as a supply chain operator is that the Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard at Level 2 has been approved and is ready for delivery. This means if you are applying for Apprenticeships in this career, you should be following this programme. Let’s have a quick look at what is involved.

You will have a choice of paths to follow. You can either specialise in:
  • Traffic Office - Managing the movement of goods from factories, warehouses and other suppliers to their final destination.
  • Removals - This could be removal jobs for household goods or for offices and other commercial organisations.
Whichever pathway you choose, your Level 2 Apprenticeship as a supply chain operator will take a minimum of 12 months to complete and you will also gain Level 1 Maths and English if you didn’t do so at school.

Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards are divided into three areas and these relate to how you can best do supply chain jobs.
  • Core Knowledge
  • Core Skills
  • Behaviours
These three areas combine so that you have a complete knowledge and understanding of your role as a supply chain operator. Amongst other skills, you will develop skills in negotiating and communicating with a variety of customers. You will have an awareness of the different modes of transport and packaging and the best ones to use for particular projects. You will learn about software packages and other areas of ICT that help you in your daily role. Of course, you will also learn the importance of teamwork and also the ability to think on your feet when working to tight deadlines.

Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship - Supply Chain Management
If you are enjoying supply chain jobs as an operator and you want to progress your career then you might want to think about doing advanced level Logistics Apprenticeships in Supply Chain Management.

Once you have completed this Apprenticeship, you will be able to move from supply chain operator to team leader roles or supply chain management jobs, depending on the size of the company, and you will be managing contracts.

You will be awarded nationally recognised level 3 qualifications such as Level 3 Diploma in Supply Chain Management and you will also achieve Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT if you didn’t achieve this at school.

Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship - Supply Chain Management
And if you want to take your career even further still with Logistics Apprenticeships, you could think about Level 4 qualifications in supply chain management. The types of supply chain jobs you could be doing at this level are supply chain controller or international supply chain manager jobs.

Career Progression After Supply Chain Operator and Supply Chain Management Apprenticeships
It’s down to you to decide how far you want to take your career and whether you want to work for smaller companies or international firms that could give you the opportunity to work in imports and exports and maybe even spend periods working abroad.

Apply For Supply Chain Operator and Supply Chain Management Apprenticeships In The UK
So, does a fast paced life, working daytime, evenings and weekends; working in offices and out in the field; sound like the type of career you would like? If so, take a look to see if there are Logistics Apprenticeships in operations or supply chain management to suit you. If you want to work in logistics and supply chain operations but you are more interested in working in storage, you could also take a look at Warehouse Apprenticeships.

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