Career Opportunities in Freight Transport

Career Opportunities in Freight Transport

What are the main occupations in this sector?

  • Logistician 
  • Freight Forwarder
  • Distribution Manager
  • Transport Manager 
  • Transport Planner / Co-Ordinator
  • Warehouse Manager 
  • Inventory Manager 
  • Process Engineer
  • Supply Chain Manager 
  • Shipping Agent 

How do you get a job in this sector?

Employees are recruited from a variety of sources, with word of mouth and referrals being a common method for recruiting for lower skilled operatives and HGV driving roles. 

The innovative Logistics Associate Apprenticeship (QQI Level 6 programme) is a two-year programme delivered by TU Dublin  - City School of Managment and is just one way of gaininng employment in the industry. 

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. 

Title: Logistics Associate Apprenticeship

Duration: 2 Years

NFQ Qualification: Level 6

How to become an Apprentice:

  1. You must obtain employment as an apprentice in your chosen occupation.
  2. The employer must be approved to train apprentices.
  3. The employer must register you as an apprentice within two weeks of recruitment.  

Entry requirements for apprentices on 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 here for example the RPL process used by Dublin Institute of Technology, the coordinating provider for the Logistics Associate apprenticeship.

Key Tasks / responsibilities will include:

  • 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.

Industries served by the Apprenticeship

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. 

Opportunities on Qualification

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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