Transport Logistics isn’t all about driving a huge lorry, overtaking slowly on motorways and attaching slightly cheesy stickers and stuffed toys to a bumper. Everything in the world relies on the transport logistics sector to keep going, so, in reality, there are a huge range of career options in this exciting sector.
Whether you’d like to be a pilot, become a professional
driver or ensure a train arrives at its destination on time, you’ll be sure to
find a role to interest you.
That being said, supply Chain logistics is not
just about trucks and sheds, the roles within Supply Chain are as diverse as
the people who work within these roles. In the industry, there are roles within
in each function of its operations, Finance, IT, digital, Health & Safety,
Engineering, Procurement to name a few. No matter if your dream job involves
providing great customer service to commuters at rush hour or transporting the
latest fashions on the market to designer shops, there’s truly something for
everyone. Transport logistics is one of the largest industries in the UK, so
there are many opportunities to get involved in an industry that will, quite
literally, take you places!
Whether you want to work in air traffic control, on
the railways or with a big supermarket brand making sure their products get on
the shelves on time, your part in this sector will ensure that it happens.
What options can I take for a career in transport logistics?
Any candidate with work experience will offer an advantage
over other potential candidates that do not. Some employers offer opportunities
to those interested in summer placement or industrial placement years which
will give you an insight into the industry, others are happy to offer you one
or two weeks shadowing their staff. By getting work experience, it will show
that you are dedicated, motivated and have the excellent people skills that
they are looking for. Often, businesses will also consider people who have done
work experience with them for other opportunities in the future.
Unsure about what a work placement could involve? You should’ve asked!
There are apprenticeships available in the transport/supply
chain logistics industry across many levels, from intermediate to advanced, and
are highly effective as an ideal combination of experience and qualifications.
As a transport apprentice, you’ll have the chance to learn the skills of the
trade from your experienced colleagues and get to grips with the industry from
the inside by gaining new skills, knowledge and behaviours to ensure you become
a value add member of your Team. You’ll also be paid by your employer to study
for the qualifications that relate direly to your role; these can then be
applied practically in the workplace to ensure that you have fully grasped the skills
and concepts involved. You will be given responsibility from the start and
treated as a ‘real’ employee that is valued by the company.
- Level 2 – Passenger Transport Driver – Bus, Coach and Tram
- Level 2 - Supply Chain Warehouse Operative
- Level 2 – Network Operations
- Level 2 – Waste Resource Operative
- Level 2 – Passenger Transport onboard & Station Team member
- Level 3 – Train Driver
- Level 3 – Bus and Coach Engineering Technician
- Level 3 – Transport Planning Technician
- Level 4 – Road Transport Engineering Manager
- Level 4 – Passenger Transport Operations Manager
There are also many other roles within Supply Chain
Logistics, DHL for example are looking at offering the following
apprenticeships within their workforce.
Want to know what apprenticeships are all about? We have you
The transport logistics industry is suited to those wishing
to study at university due to the technical material that is necessary for some
roles. During your degree, you’ll spend most of your time in lectures or
seminars getting to grips with the theoretical theory behind the sector. You
will be able to choose the modules which you study, which means you’ll be able
to pick those areas that hold your fascination and tailor your degree to the
role you hope to enter once you graduate. It’s recommended that you take a
course that offers a year in industry in order to give you the practical
experience that is favoured by employers. Here are some potential degrees you
- Strategic Transport Management BA (Hons)
- Transport Design BA (Hons)
- Future Transport Engineering BEng (Hons)
- Logistics and Transport BSc (Hons)
- Automotive and Transport Design BA (Hons)
- Transport and Logistics Management BSc (Hons)
- Business Logistics and Transport Management BA (Hons)
Want to find out what University could offer you? We have your back!
Many large employers in the transport logistics industry
will employ graduates straight out of university to those of all degree
backgrounds. In fact, many companies are committed to bringing in a developing
Talent straight from university.
roles may require specific logistics understanding and so will only be open to those
with a degree in a related topic. A Graduate programme gives the individual the
opportunity to showcase their current talent and develop this talent further by
completing a number of successful placements within and organisation. There are
plenty of organisations within the sector that run graduate schemes which offer
training in the workplace in order to prepare their employees for their future
career. Most companies will offer a range of options from Leadership, Finance,
HR, Supply Chain, Transport to name a few.
Want to know what graduate jobs are all about? We can help!
The transport logistics industry enables people to go into a
role straight from school or college, or even as a career change. There are
many opportunities within this industry to work your way up from a younger age
or if you have few qualifications.
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