Supply Chain Management Apprenticeship - Logistics Industry - Transport Training

A supply chain management apprenticeship is a training scheme that provides the skills and competence required to manage a production process from beginning to end.  Supply chain manager usually work within a manufacturing or engineering company, or for a company responsible for coordinating lots of products from and to various locations (e.g. large retailers).

The day-to-day role of a supply chain manager is to oversee every stage of a production process, from purchasing raw materials to the delivery of the final product.

Supply chain managers will communicate with and coordinate lots of different departments, such as procurement, operations/production, sales, transport and finance, to make sure the right amount of product is made and delivered to the right place at the right time.  The role may involve:

  • Working with procurement to source the right ingredients/components/products
  • Coordinating and tracking raw materials from origin to delivery
  • Overseeing the manufacturing process
  • Managing storage and delivery of the final product
  • Planning and forecasting stock needed as well as analysing performance against targets
  • Negotiating contracts with suppliers and customers and developing relationships
  • Managing costs while maintaining quality
  • Reducing waste within the supply chain and reducing the environmental impact

There are various routes into this role including apprenticeships and university degree programmes. The apprenticeship offered at TTS is available at Levels 2 and 3 and will introduce you to the job with practical hands-on experience with your employer backed up with theory delivered in a classroom setting and online learning environment.

The Supply Chain Management Apprenticeship Programme Covers:

  • Business management skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits
  • Knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • Customer service skills
  • Analytical thinking skills
  • Competency in the main software packages required for the role

otherwise known as

  • Supply Chain Coordinator
  • Supply Chain Controller
  • Supply Chain Planner
  • Supply Chain Executive
  • Supply Chain Scheduler


  • What are the Entry Requirements for a Supply Chain Management Apprenticeship?

    The entry requirement for this supply chain management apprenticeship is typically GCSEs at Grades A* – C (9 – 4) including English and Maths.

  • What are TTS’s Facilities Like?

    Transport Training Services has an impressive training centre including modern conference facilities; a variety of fully equipped training rooms and computer suites; a vehicle manoeuvring area; vehicle maintenance workshops and a vehicle body repair workshop which houses a paint booth and paint mixing facility.

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  • Will I Fit in as a Female in the Transport, Logistics or Automotive Sector?

    Our existing and past female apprentices and the women that work in the transport, logistics and automotive sectors tell us that they are not treated any differently to their male colleagues.

    They consistently tell us that they enjoy being part of the team, they are treated fairly and equally and they love the banter that comes with being part of a mixed team!

    During your apprenticeship you will be fully supported by both your course tutors and our dedicated Careers Development Officer.  Our Careers Development Officer will be with you every step of the way to ensure you are integrating successfully into your workplace and to provide you with regular feedback on your progress.  Your Careers Development Officer is also the link between you and your employer and is there to make sure any issues, on either side, are resolved quickly.

    If you have any doubts or questions about being a female in the transport or motor industries, join our Facebook group and ask one of our ‘Women in Wheels’ – a group of friendly, inspiring and dedicated women who are either existing apprentices, are recently graduated apprentices or are experienced women working in a range of role across the sectors.

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  • Why Should I Consider a Transport/Logistics/Automotive Apprenticeship?

    We know that the transport/logistics and motor sectors have a lot to offer. Aside from the excitement, variety, problem-solving and technology involved, both sectors are in high demand and so provide good long-term job prospects.

    The motor industry employs 823,000 people and contributes £18.6 billion to the UK economy.

    Due to the highly rural nature of many parts of NI, transport by car is the only viable option for travel and commuting.  Without the motor sector we would not have cars that are safe and legal to drive.

    The road transport industry employs 2.7 million people and contributes £124 billion to the UK economy.

    Everything that comes into or goes out of Northern Ireland travels by road, whether it’s clothes, food, fuel or your online orders, so the career opportunities are vast and diverse.

    Transport workers are essential in our everyday lives.  The recent covid-19 pandemic showed the importance of transport and logistics and demonstrates that even when the economy dips, transport stays strong and in demand.

    1.2m vehicles licensed in NI – all need maintained/repaired

    150,000 goods vehicles and 3,400 buses all need drivers

    A combination of an ageing workforce, lack of investment in apprentices after the last UK recession, a lack of diversity and the impact of Brexit means our sectors are facing a shortfall of talent across all areas.  This means qualified transport and automotive apprentices, once qualified, are in high demand!

     Once you enter a career in transport or automotive, there is plenty of opportunity for growth and advancement.  Find out about the career path opportunities here.

    Apprentices are also crucial in bridging the gap in future technologies in these sectors.  TTS apprentices will increasingly bring skills that may be lacking in transport and automotive businesses in Northern Ireland today.  We already train apprentices in hybrid and electric vehicle technology and are already looking to the future of hydrogen power, for example.

    Additionally, women now account for 35% of registered car keepers in the UK and so are increasingly involved in car buying and servicing decisions.  Many women feel more comfortable interacting with and asking questions of female mechanics and service advisors, so employers have a desire to hire more women.

  • What Support Will I Receive Throughout My Apprenticeship?

    TTS is consistently praised for its support of young people. We have a dedicated Careers Development Officer to provide ongoing pastoral care to ensure you are developing well and integrating successfully into your workplace, and to provide you with regular feedback on your progress.

    Your Careers Development Officer is also the link between you and your employer and is there to make sure any issues, on either side, are resolved quickly.

    Proof of the quality of support available is the large number of employers who themselves came through an apprenticeship with TTS and want a similar, quality experience for the staff they employ.

    You can find out more about our pastoral care by downloading our Apprentice Pastoral Care Handbook here: Download PDF.



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