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Logistics is about organising, co-ordinating and timetabling the efficient transfer of goods from the point of origin, to their destination point. It is about the planning, implementation and control of the physical movement of products (and information) to and from each part of the supply chain. Getting items from the factory to the shop front, or from the mine to the factory in the correct quantities and on time is very complex.

A career in logistics means you will be the one making sure this happens, working out timetables, ensuring vehicles are available and securing storage space. There are a range of good career paths in logistics, whether that be in planning roles, which require good computer skills, numeracy and an aptitude for thinking through problems, or management and supervisory roles where people skills are essential.

Logistics is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week and supports all sectors of the economy both in terms of facilitating international trade and the movement of freight domestically. Greater use of data analytics throughout the supply chain affects all aspects of work. Companies now offer track and trace facilities for example.

At the entry level, working in warehouses may not demand many skills, but progression will depend on developing skills, including operating machinery such as fork lifts, security screening or handling dangerous goods. Often this training will be delivered by the employer.

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Logistics Associate Apprenticeship
Logistics Associate Apprenticeship

Occupations in Logistics
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Warehouse Clerk

Warehouse clerks carry out clerical work in warehouses. This involves keeping accurate records, for example, of stock and orders.

Vehicle Parts Salesperson

Vehicle parts salespeople work in shops which store vehicle parts for sale to mechanics and members of the public.

HGV - Heavy Goods Vehicle Driver

Responsible for the delivery and collection of goods throughout Ireland, the UK and on the continent.

Forklift Driver / Operator

Operates a forklift truck transporting heavy goods to and from difficult places.

Packer - Heavy Goods

Heavy goods packers pack all types of large and heavy items. They may use lifting equipment to move goods like heavy engineering units.

Van Delivery Assistant

Van delivery assistants help van drivers to load and unload goods from vans.

Van Driver

Transports equipment, mail, or goods, and assists with loading and unloading of the vehicle.

Heavy Goods Vehicle Owner Operator
Owns and operates a transport business
Freight Forwarder/Shipping Agent

Ensures that cargo is moved quickly and efficiently between countries by organising the most efficient and cost effective transportation of goods.

Warehouse Manager

Responsible for the management and day-to-day running of a warehouse.

Shipping Clerk

Involved in the purchase of goods from suppliers, ensuring stock levels are accurate and deliveries arrive where and when required.

Procurement Officer / Buyer

Sources and buys products and stock for use, or resale, by retailers, wholesalers, companies or organisations.

Supply Chain Analyst

Works to improve, predict and enhance supply chain processes in areas such as manufacturing, retailing and logistics.

Purchasing Manager - Manufacturing

Procures the goods and services required by organisations and may also manage stores and control stock levels.

Logistics / Supply Chain Manager

Organises and plans the movement of products and materials from suppliers to customers.