Are you interested in how to get things from A to B? Maybe you’ve always dreamed of travelling the world or flying a plane one day. In transport and logistics, you’re responsible for how things and people get from one place to another.
What is a transport and logistics apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship in transport and logistics is a practical route into your chosen career. You will gain the qualifications and skills to work in the field while earning a salary and not paying tuition fees.
You could be running your own port, getting important equipment from A to B, or flying an RAF helicopter, to name a few.
Career opportunities from a transport and logistics apprenticeship
An apprenticeship in the industry can lead to a range of careers, including a:
Chloe is a logistics degree apprentice at Morrisons.
Average starting salary for trainee train driver
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Number of people starting a transport apprenticeship in 2021/22
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I never expected to experience so many different things when I came into the RAF. I was part of the crew making sure the people on flights from Afghanistan were safe one week, then flying to Cyprus and America the next. The job literally changes all the time.
I think there’s a misconception that the transport industry is male dominated. While that used to be true, it’s not the case today. We’re very much about equal opportunities and have seen many successful females come through the programme. Our culture is helping everyone achieve.
- You’ll be at the heart of lots of important projects.
- No two days are the same in this fast-paced sector.
- There are lots of opportunities for progression.
- Some roles require shift work or unsociable hours.
- Working life can be unpredictable with lots of changes.
- Roles carry a lot of responsibility.
Who would suit a transport and logistics apprenticeship?
You might be interested in a transport and logistics apprenticeship if you:
- are interested in how things get from A to B
- like the idea of managing projects and operations
- are interested in driving, flying, or sailing
You might be a good fit for a transport or logistics apprenticeship if you:
- are good at planning
- are a good problem-solver
- are responsible
- like the idea of every day being varied
- can work well under pressure
Chloe shares her top tips for securing an apprenticeship in transport and logistics.
Check out which employers are currently hiring apprenticeships in the transport sector, from National Rail to British Airways, DHL, and the RAF.
FAQs about transport and logistics apprenticeships
How do transport apprenticeships work?
An apprenticeship is an opportunity to work and study at the same time. You spend most of your time doing on-the-job training, and the rest is spent working towards a qualification. You get paid a salary and get dedicated study time throughout the week.
Apprenticeships are available at a range of levels depending on the type you do.
How long is an apprenticeship in the sector?
The length of your apprenticeship depends on the level you’re taking. For example, a degree apprenticeship could take three to six years, whereas an advanced apprenticeship could take one to two years.
What qualifications do you need?
Entry requirements are different depending on the role you’re interested in. For example, Level 2 apprenticeships generally need no formal qualifications, while you may need GCSEs and A levels for a degree apprenticeship. If you want to go into a specialised career like being a marine pilot, you might need more specific qualifications.
Remember, it’s not all about qualifications. Employers will be looking for willingness to learn, passion, and transferrable skills you could bring to the role.
What is the salary for an apprentice in the sector?
The salary varies depending on the role you’re interested in, and every employer will pay differently. You will be paid at least the minimum wage of £4.81 per hour, but many employers offer more than this. You’ll need to have a look at some vacancies to get an idea of what the salary would be.
Something that worked in my favour when I applied was the preparation time I put in. I created a folder that expanded on my CV, with examples to really showcase how my skills matched the requirements. I gave them the folder to keep, and I had feedback that they were impressed with that.
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