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Logistics Associate Apprenticeship wins Fleet Transport Innovation Award

Posted: 15 October, 2018

The Logistics Associate Apprenticeship developed by DIT received the prestigious Innovation Award at the Fleet Transport Awards and Networking Event last Thursday.

Launched in 2007, the Fleet Transport Awards & Networking Event is a long-standing benchmark for organisations demonstrating Best Practice in the haulage and transport industry.

The new Logistics Associate Apprenticeship, developed by the DIT School of Management in collaboration with an industry-led consortium chaired by Aidan Flynn, is in response to a report published by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs in 2015.  The apprentices attend the School of Management in DIT Aungier Street one day a week on a day-release basis (off-the-job) and work four days a week (on-the-job) with their employer. The apprenticeship is a two-year programme leading to a level 6 award of Higher Certificate in Logistics. The first cohort of apprentices are employed by the following leading logistics and freight companies:

BWG; Eucon; DHL Express; DHL Global Forwarding; DHL Supply Chain; DSV; Geodis Ireland; Harris Group; Keelings Logistic Solutions (Ballymun); Kuehne + Nagel; Lenehan Transport; National Vehicle Distribution; PRL Group; J Toner & Sons Ltd T/A Toner Transport & Logistics.

Aidan Flynn, Chair of Consortium for the apprenticeship said, “We are delighted to receive the Innovation Award. We know that the industry is currently struggling with a widespread skills shortage. This means that companies are finding it difficult to match roles within their business with suitably skilled personnel. The consortium was formed and supported the submission of the ‘Logistics Associate Apprenticeship’ for development as it was agreed that this path would contribute in an important way to providing a solution for the skills shortage.”

Commenting at the gala award ceremony attended by key industry figures, Declan Allen, Programme Chair and Assistant Head, School of Management, said, “It was an honour to accept this award on behalf of all the Logistics Apprenticeship Consortium. This win is a testament to the commitment and dedication of all of the members of the consortium and to what can be achieved through industry and academic collaboration and innovation. The development of new apprenticeships such as the Logistics Associate Apprenticeships truly represents the dawning of a new era for apprenticeships in Ireland."

For further information on the Logistics Associate Apprenticeship, please visit www.laa.ie and here