[Explorer Course in Transport & Logistics.
What next?] [Music]
Gabriel Staples: Hi, I’m Gabriel Staples and I’m responsible for logistics sector qualifications
for Pearson. As part of this course you’ll explore logistics and a wide range of exciting
opportunities it can offer you. Hopefully you’ll realise this is a rewarding career
for you. Have you ever wondered, for example, how a pineapple from Costa Rica ends up on
your local supermarket shelf? Well, logistics keeps everything moving 24 hours a day, seven
days a week. It’s about the management of getting something from its point of origin
to the point of consumption. The sector is evolving, with new technologies and changes
in the way we shop, for example with an increase in online shopping. [Transport & Logistics
Specialisms] There are typically four areas of logistics you can go into: freight transport;
postal and courier; warehousing storage; and maritime port operations. There are lots of
jobs that keep the logistics sector moving at all levels. You can start your career in
the sector at an entry-level operative role and work your way all the way up to management.
There are also opportunities to specialise in a range of different areas. [Transport
& Logistics BTEC] For example you could start by taking the Pearson Level Award in Warehousing
and Storage, or the BTEC Level 1 Award in Principles for Carrying and Delivering Goods
by Road. These are short qualifications that you can achieve really quickly and will give
you a good introduction to the sector as a warehouse operative or as a large goods vehicle
driver. Another alternative option is an apprenticeship. An apprenticeship is a 12-month programme
and gives you the opportunity to earn as you learn, getting holiday pay, other employee
benefits whilst balancing work with study time. You’ll combine practical on-the-job
training with study and you’ll gain job skills, knowledge of behaviours relevant to your career.
You’ll develop by working and learning alongside more experienced staff members. If you think
an apprenticeship is the right way for you then they start at Level 2, but there are
also high-level apprenticeships available. [Transport & Logistics] If you’d like to be
out on the road and work in a variety of different locations, you might consider the Large Goods
Vehicle Driver or the Express Delivery apprenticeship. You may then progress on to a higher-level
apprenticeship or a standalone qualification such as a Level 3 Certificate of Professional
Competence for Transport Managers. Warehouses can be in a whole different variety of environments.
If you like the thought of being stationed in one place but working with a close-knit
team of people, you could take the Level 2 Supply Chain Warehouse Operative Apprenticeship.
You’ll be taking deliveries, moving stock, picking and packing orders and loading goods
for dispatch. You’ll also be required to safely use a range of equipment, machinery and vehicles.
If you like the thought of working in an office environment you might look at something such
as the Level 2 Traffic Office Apprenticeship. This apprenticeship is about the management
and movement of goods for a variety of customers. Whatever you choose, there’s a qualification
or apprenticeship out there to help you start your career in logistics.

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