A new proposal to develop a supply chain degree apprenticeship has been approved by the Department for Education as the first of its kind in England.
The qualification, aimed at those working in supply chain roles, is being developed by Uniserve; a group of employers including John Lewis, Yodel and British Airways, and the Supply Chain Academy in partnership with Leeds Trinity University and the Institute of Supply Chain Management.
It will combine university study alongside paid work, through a Level 6 degree qualification delivered over four years.
Paul Stone, HR Director at Uniserve Group, said:
"This is great news for Uniserve Group and the Supply Chain Academy, but more importantly this is great news for the industry and for supply chain business in the UK. We expect this apprenticeship to go a long way towards addressing the growing skills and management gap in the supply chain sector, so it should be welcome news for all."
Professor Ray Lloyd, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said:
"We are very proud to support Uniserve and the Supply Chain Academy to develop this degree apprenticeship, which has been developed in response to employer demand across the country. The support we have received from employers and businesses has been second-to-none, and we're looking forward to delivering the degree apprenticeship, with their support, from September. We're delighted that the Department for Education has approved the development of the standard, particularly in light of National Apprenticeship Week last week."
More than 100 employees from national organisations are expected to enrol on the Supply Chain Leadership Professional Degree Apprenticeship from September 2017, which be delivered at a number of universities across the UK. There is no age limit for the degree apprenticeship, with many of the organisations involved choosing to target current employees with previous experience in the supply chain process.
Richard Brooksbank, BU UK Supply Chain Director at Florette UK and Ireland Ltd., said:
"We value apprenticeships at Florette because we believe development of our teams is a key to success, and it's why we've actively supported the development of this degree apprenticeship at Leeds Trinity and Supply Chain Academy from September."
From 6 April 2017, all organisations with a pay bill of more than £3m will be required to pay an apprenticeship levy of 0.5%. For smaller businesses interested in growing their workforce through apprenticeships, the government is offering to fund 90% of the cost of a degree apprenticeship (currently circa £27,000).
Find out more about the levy and apprenticeships at Leeds Trinity University on Wednesday 29 March, 5.30 – 8.00pm at a business event called 'Skills and the Supply Chain'.