‘First of its kind’ supply chain course to tackle skills gap

17 November 2016

A “degree apprenticeship” qualification for supply chain professionals that combines university study alongside paid work claims to be the first of its kind in England.

The course seeks to address the growing skills gap in the UK supply chain sector and will incorporate supply chain management, procurement, risk management and more. 

It was created in response to the new apprenticeship levy, coming into force next April, that will require certain employers to invest in apprenticeships. 

The course is being developed by Leeds Trinity University in partnership with the Supply Chain Academy, the Institute of Supply Chain Management and a group of employers led by the Uniserve Group and aims to offer a chartered standard for supply chain managers.

Supply Chain Academy director Alex Mortimer said: “There is a real demand across all sectors for highly trained managers to support a strong supply chain process. We are... confident that the new qualification not only responds to employer demand, but can also support the crucial role that businesses, particularly SMEs, play within the local economy.”

The course, along with a degree apprenticeship in chartered management, is being funded by £50,000 from HEFCE's competitive Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund. 

Leeds Trinity University said organisations wanting to train employees or take on new staff on an apprenticeship scheme may be entitled to government funding to cover the cost of the degree apprenticeship.

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