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Logistics Associate
In Summary header image

Logistics Associate

The Logistics Associate Apprenticeship – a Level 6 Higher Certificate in Logistics – will be the first non-craft apprenticeship to be offered by DIT and the first of the industry-led programmes to be delivered by DIT School of Management, Aungier Street.

The Logistics Associate involves acquiring the knowledge, skills and competencies to carry out the core tasks/responsibilities within the warehousing, freight forwarding, transport and logistics sector in order to support business needs and develop skills to prepare for future career opportunities.



Training header image

On successful completion of the Logistics Associate apprenticeship the apprentice is awarded a Level 6 Higher Certificate in Logistics.

The lead proposer for this apprenticeship is the Freight Transport Association Ireland. The apprenticeship is a two-year programme delivered by DIT Aungier Street. It involves four days per week on-the-job, and one day per week off-the-job in college.







Personal Qualities header image

• Personal ethics.
• Professionalism/integrity.
• Personal management/commitment.
• Problem solving.
• Lateral/critical/systematic thinking.
• Analytical capabilities.
• Innovation and creativity.
• Practise good communication skills.
• Word processing and presentation tools.
• Working knowledge of descriptive statistics and how to use Excel to present statistical information.
• Preparation and presentation of reports.
• Understanding of how to be an effective team member.

Plus you will be expected to gain specialised knowledge across a variety of areas associated with:

• Understanding of the supply chain with particular focus on the modes of distribution including, road, air and sea.
• Understand the role of supply chain management in relation to the overall business improvement process.
• Logistics and supply chain management (specifically inventory management, purchasing, warehouse management, outsourcing, quality management, information systems, transport management and planning, global logistics, customs and international trade)
• Understanding the importance of customer service for logistics and supply chain and implementing its effective management.
• Management (communications, accounting, planning)
• Information systems in a logistics context, the essentials in the use of ICT and as applied in the logistics industry and focused on data collection, exchanging and manipulation, e-business and e-commerce in the World Wide Web.

On successful completion, the Logistics Associate will have: 
• Personal ethics.
• Professionalism/integrity.
• Personal management/commitment.
• Problem solving.
• Lateral/critical/systematic thinking.
• Analytical capabilities.
• Innovation and creativity.
• Practise good communication skills.
• Word processing and presentation tools.
• Working knowledge of descriptive statistics and how to use Excel to present statistical information.
• Preparation and presentation of reports.
• Understanding of how to be an effective team member. Knowledge (cont’d.) • Understanding the competenciesrequired in an international trade and customs environment.
• Review the role and function of customs in an era of international trade, globalisation, EU single market and Brexit.
• Knowledge of how to set up a distribution network within the demand and supply chain.


Work Activities header image

• Liaising with transportation companies to create a good working relationship. 
• Preparing invoice for orders and deliveries as part of record keeping measures and evidence of transactions. 
• Ensuring compliance with customs duties, controls, tariff, international conventions and agreements. 
• Keeping records of all shipping activities, documenting procedures, guidelines and changes in procedures for reference purposes. 
• Creating a safe working environment by adhering to safety measures to prevent accident and complications that may arise during work.

Key Skills:

• The ability to use information systems and personal computers.
• The ability to apply management techniques to measure performance and make recommendations to improve business performance.
• The ability to be aware of the changing needs of their customers and how to adopt to these changes.
• The ability to apply best practice techniques to a range of logistical contexts and situations.
• Ability to work as part of a team.
• The ability to recognise the advantages and disadvantages that alternative distribution/warehousing configurations can provide.
• The ability to develop a range of technical and managerial approaches.


Pay & Fees header image

This is an “earn as you learn” apprenticeship and traineeship plan.

For the Logistics Associate apprenticeship, the employer pays the apprentice for the duration of the apprenticeship. The rate of pay is agreed between the employer and the apprentice.

Apprentices pay a pro-rata registration fee if their off-the-job training takes place within an Institute of Technology. The registration fee will equate to the amount of time the apprentice spends in the Institute of Technology. The payment of the pro-rata registration fee is made by the apprentice directly to the Institute of Technology. For further information, see 'Student Contribution'


Entry Requirements header image

Minimum entry requirements are a grade H7/O6 or above in five leaving certificate (or equivalent) subjects. A minimum of grade O6 must be obtained in English. A minimum of grade O6 or a B2 or above in Foundation Level must be obtained in Mathematics. Holders of a QQI Level 5 or Level 6 (or equivalent) in cognate areas (e.g. business, logistics and distribution, supply chain management, etc.) can apply for entry onto the programme.

Applicants may also be eligible to become apprentices via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL processes require the applicant to provide evidence of appropriate past learning, whether that is certified or experiential learning. In some cases it may be sufficient for the applicant to provide copies of appropriate certificates. In other cases there may be a self-assessment exercise, preparation of a file or ‘portfolio’ of appropriate evidence of learning, an interview, and perhaps a demonstration or assessment task. See for example the RPL process used by Dublin Institute of Technology, the coordinating provider for the Logistics Associate apprenticeship here


Getting an Apprenticeship header image

Those interested in finding out more about the new apprenticeship standard should contact FTA Ireland at www.ftai.ie or email aflynn@ftai.ie

For more information on apprenticeships contact the apprenticeship section in your local Education and Training Board (ETB). For contact details of your local ETB select your county here

Interested candidates can find out more about the Logistics Associate Apprenticeship at DIT here.

Further information is also available from the Industry representative bodies participating on the consortium:

Freight Transport Association Ireland

Unit 1 DHL Building Airport Business Park

Cloghran

Co Dublin

Tel: + 353 (0)1 844 7516
E mail:  info@ftai.ie

Web:    www.ftai.ie



Career Opportunities header image

This apprenticeship offers careers options to school leaves and mature students who prefer paid on-the-job training, rather than a full time educational solution.

Freight, distribution, haulage, warehousing, shipping are the key industries served by the proposed apprenticeship. The logistics sector is becoming increasingly sophisticated through supply chain developments. Just-in-Time delivery principles, combined with the pressure for increased environmental performance makes the efficiency levels of logistics management increasingly important.



Occupation Profile header image

Progression Routes header image

On successful completion of the proposed apprenticeship, a person could expect to be eligible for a position as a Logistician; Freight Forwarder; Distribution Manager; Transport Manager; supervisor; Transport Planner/ Co-ordinator; Warehouse Manager; Supervisor; Inventory Manager; Process Engineer; Supply Chain Manager; Shipping Agent.



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