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In Summary

The Logistics Associate Apprenticeship – a Level 6 Higher Certificate in Logistics – is a two-year programme delivered by TU Dublin City School of Managment, Aungier Street, and by Cork Institute of Technology.

The Logistics Associate Apprenticeship 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.

It involves four days per week on-the-job, and one day per week off-the-job in college. 

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

For further information please contact Anna Gorecka on 01 8447516 or email agorecka@laa.ie

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Entry Requirements

Before applying to this apprenticeship, please check that you meet all entry requirements. 

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

Training

In advance of completing an application for the Logistics Apprenticeship it is important to understand the commitment you will need to provide to this programme.

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

The core subjects for each year are as follows;

Year 1

Introduction to Logistics & SCM

Introduction to Customer Service

Communications and Professional Skills

Introduction to Customs and Int. Trade

IT Fundamentals

IT Practical (on the job)

Team working (on the job)

Reflective Journal (on the job)

Year 2

Road Freight Logistics

Air Freight Logistics

Sea Freight Logistics

Distribution & Warehousing

Quantitate Analysis & Excel

Understanding Customer Service (on the job)

Reflective Journal (on the job)

Work based project (on the job)

 

The training is run by the following institutions:

This list is up to date as of June 2019

To check whether courses are running in your area for Apprenticeships, check with your local ETB using this link and select your county. 
Apprenticeship training takes place in various locations around the country. The list above is by no means exhaustive and training providers are subject to change. Please check with your local Education and Training Board (ETB) to get more information about specific training locations for this apprenticeship. To check your local ETB use this link and select your county.

Skills & Qualities

  • 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 competencies required 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

  • 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.

Career Progression

On successful completion of the Logistics Associate apprenticeship the apprentice is awarded a Level 6 Higher Certificate in Logistics. The apprentice could expect to be eligible for a position as a:

Getting an Apprenticeship

Interested candidates can find out more about the Logistics Associate Apprenticeship at TU Dublin City here.

In order to secure an apprenticeship, you must first secure a contract with an employer. You must apply directly to an employer rather than the training provider. Once you have found an employer to take you on as an apprentice, your employer must then register you as an apprentice with SOLAS.

  • The employer must be approved to train apprentices.
  • The employer must register you as an apprentice within two weeks of recruitment.

Apprenticeship Vacancies June 2019: 

  • Independent Express Cargo wish to recruit an apprentice who will undertake the Logistics Associate Apprenticeship programme (www.laa.ie) commencing in September 2019. Full details here
  • Hytech Logistics wish to invite applicants to join as a Logistics Associate Apprentice. Full details here
  • Hamilton Shipping are now looking to recruit a Logistics Apprentice to join their team in Dublin. Full details here
  • Kuehne + Nagel is hiring 10 apprentices between its Dublin and Cork locations. Closing date for applications is 19th of August, 2019. Full details here.
  • DSV Global & Transport Logistics in Ballycoolin, Dublin 15, is seeking to recruit two Logisitcs Associate Apprentices this September. Full details here.
  • Hawthorn Logistics in Ballycoolin, Dublin 15, is looking to recruit a Logistics Associate Apprentice. Full details here.
  • Eucon is looking to recruit a Logistics Associate Apprentice for its Tivoli Terminal base. Full details here.

Further information is also available from the Freight Transport Association Ireland

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

Find out more info here.

Finding Vacancies

Finding an employer or registering your interest with an official Coordinating Provider is one of the first things you need to do to start an apprenticeship.

Opportunities for this apprenticeship may be available from the following organisations:

Opportunities for this apprenticeship may be available from the following organisations:

Online Jobsites

Here are some direct links to employment websites that frequently list apprenticeship vacancies.
Note: These websites may include vacancies that are not QQI accredited Apprenticeships.

Current Apprentice Logistics Jobs (Where Available)

Apprenticeship Courses

Search for Apprenticeship Logistics Associate/Logistician courses.

Pay & Fees

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. The fee for the Logistics Associate Apprenticeship is €800 annually. For further information, see  'Student Contribution'  

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