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Ireland’s logistics apprenticeship is ready to roll

[ August 20, 2018   //   ]

Ireland’s new Logistics Associate Apprenticeship programme is ready to start on 26 September, in line with its target date, says the Irish International Freight Association.

The Level 6 Higher Certificate in Logistics is the first non-craft apprenticeship to be offered by  Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and the first of the industry-led programmes to be delivered by DIT School of Management.

The scheme was announced by Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton on 8 December.

It has been developed in partnership with the Irish International Freight Association and related industry associations and representative bodies and followed a call by the Irish Government for National Apprenticeship applications in May 2017.

The content of the apprenticeship was approved for development by the Minister on 8 December 2017 and, thanks to the efforts of all the businesses and industry bodies concerned, the programme has been validated within six months, an unprecedented achievement, said chairman of the apprenticeship consortium and general manager of Freight Transport Association Ireland, Aidan Flynn.

The “earn as you learn” apprenticeship and traineeship plan was launched by government in 2016, and offers career options to school leavers and mature students who prefer paid on-the-job training, rather than a full time educational solution.

Flynn added: “The Irish International Freight Association (IIIFA), Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Ireland, IPICS The Supply Chain Management Institute  and an impressive list of employers – are committed to delivering a meaningful, active programme which will deliver the skilled young people which the Irish logistics industry needs to keep moving.”

The consortium prepared a proposal for a two-year Logistics Associate apprenticeship comprising full-time work-based activity with academic class-room involvement. Proposed off-the-job training include modules on the different modes of freight transport, workplace competency and international trade.

It is one of 26 new National Apprenticeship programmes announced for development by the Irish Government.

The Irish Government is committed to more than doubling the number of new apprentices registered to 9,000 by 2020 and expanding further into new areas with €122m allocated in the latest budget for apprenticeship training.

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