Quality Driver Training to the Transport Industry
What is an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are now available to anybody over the age of 16. An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying skills development programme. Through their apprenticeship, apprentices gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills they need for their immediate job and future career. The apprentice gains this through a wide mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise new skills in a real work environment.
How is the Apprenticeship funded?
The Government introduced new funding rules for Apprenticeships from 1st May 2017. Employers with a wage bill over £3M per year will pay 0.5% of the wage bill into a digital account to be used for Apprenticeship training. This will be deducted by HMRC through the PAYE system. Employers with a wage bill below £3M per year can claim 90% of the training cost for Apprenticeships from the Government.
What are the benefits of Apprenticeships?
Research on businesses that employ apprentices indicate that some of the business benefits are;
- Improved productivity
- Relevant skills coming into the business
- Improved staff retention
- A more motivated and satisfied workforce
- Government funding to cover training costs
- Avoids skills shortages
- Succession planning to combat an ageing workforce
What Apprenticeships do LGS deliver?
LGS offer apprenticeships throughout the UK for both Levy and Non-Levy companies. We are partnered with two colleges of further education, thus providing a range of apprenticeship courses in various business areas. LGS can provide direct apprenticeship training in the following areas:
Supply Chain Specialist Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) Driver Level 2
Core Skills - the LGV Driver will have a good understanding of:
- Safe, controlled and fuel efficient driving techniques relating to driving the LGV, considering fuel costs and other possible efficiencies, implications of differing vehicle configurations and associated safety issues, including safe access and egress from vehicles and trailers to include prevention of falling from height
- Safe use of equipment and machinery e.g. manual handling equipment, vehicle and delivery systems, including where to find relevant instructions or guidance
- Vehicle preparation, including vehicle safety checks/inspections, defect reporting, safety requirements, loading, securing and unloading processes, axel combinations
- How to protect the vehicle and associated loads, including management of unlawful access to vehicle and loads
- Planning and preparing processes (e.g. planning fastest/most efficient route) including vehicle selection and contingency planning when circumstances change
- Basic IT applications and other relevant technology and systems e.g. tachographs, adaptive braking, hand held scanners, on board telematics etc. and how these are reported by use of Key Performance Indicators
- Relevant regulation and legislation governing the supply chain industry and in specific relation to the role e.g. working time restrictions, medical & licence requirements
- How to communicate effectively with customers and colleagues appropriately in line with situation and organisational style/culture
- Structure of the industry; the modes of transport and how these affect transport operations such as loading unloading; issues facing the sector; the roles available within the sector in
- General and in relation to their own career aspirations
- Importance of delivering excellent customer service to customers and colleagues, including identifying customer/colleague needs and responding appropriately in line with situation and
- Organisational style/culture; importance of organisation reputation and how their own performance can contribute to organisational success
- Proposed and actual changes to systems, processes and technology used in the industry
- Environmental impact of the industry, sector and role and how this can be minimised, including their own responsibilities to use safe and fuel efficient driving techniques
- How their role can affect their health; the need to maintain a level of fitness appropriate to their role, awareness of the benefits of a healthy diet, the impact of shift working etc
- The implications of city restrictions, such as congestion charging, night restrictions for goods vehicles, route restrictions
Supply Chain Warehouse Operative Trailblazer Level 2
Core Skills – all Warehouse Operatives will have a good understanding of:
- Safe driving and/or operating techniques to standard and as trained, relating to MHE as relevant to their role and setting; adherence to safe practice when working at heights.
- Steps to take to minimise the effect their work (and the wider industry) has on the environment; the need to maintain a high level of housekeeping and manage waste effectively; using packing materials efficiently to reduce waste and costs; the consequences of not using or disposing of these correctly.
- Safe use of equipment and machinery; where to find instructions/guidance; consequences of incorrect use.
- Use of warehouse systems and processes relating to packaging, moving and receiving stock within a warehouse environment to facilitate the safe handling of goods and an effective and efficient service to internal/external customers
- Basic IT applications and other relevant technology and systems, including warehousing management, data capture, radio and barcoding systems to ensure the safe and efficient processing of goods.
- Relevant regulation and legislation (including international where relevant to role) governing the supply chain industry, their subsector and role in particular; consequences of not adhering to legal guidelines.
- Effective communication with customers that store goods with the company/colleagues in line with situation and organisational style/culture.
- Structure of the industry; methods and modes of transport; roles available within the sector in general and in relation to their own career aspirations
- The importance of delivering excellent customer service to customers and colleagues, including identifying needs and responding appropriately in line with situation and organisational style/culture.
- Vision, objectives and brand of the organisation; the importance of organisation reputation and what can affect it; how their own performance can contribute to organisational success and support or impact on others.
- Proposed and actual changes to systems, processes and technology used in the industry, particularly relating to own role; how to keep up to date with any changes in the systems, processes and technology that affect their role.
Supply Chain Operator Traffic Office Level 2
Traffic Office Skills – the Supply Chain Operator (Traffic Office) will be able to:
- Fully comply with current appropriate rules and regulation; maintain the health, safety and security of people at all times.
- Plan routes for safe delivery of products, and can amend or re-plan when circumstances change.
- Work to improve cost efficiencies and reduce environmental impact of work activities by selecting the most appropriate driving route and mode of transport when planning deliveries
- Use the TMS system effectively to add, track and update customer jobs; follow related processes and instructions in order to achieve job timescales or deadlines
- Assign appropriate resource to customer jobs, including vehicle and staff, and deal with outside agencies and organisations when extra resource is required
- Plan and provide briefs to other operators (e.g. LGV Drivers and warehouse operatives) on the use of relevant equipment and machinery, including the consequences of using them incorrectly, to ensure the safe handling of customer goods
- Debrief drivers on their return to base
- Process goods when returned to base
- Follow instructions, and ensure maintenance issues relating to equipment and machinery are dealt with promptly
- Schedule vehicle maintenance and report any issue to the relevant person
The programme normally takes a minimum of 12 months to complete.
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