Logistics is to be taught in schools and colleges across England from September 2010. The new qualification, aimed at 14 to 19 year olds, is part of the Diploma in Retail Business, and is designed to introduce young people to logistics and its role in retail.
The Diploma, which will be run alongside GCSEs and A-levels, will combine classroom-based studies and work experience, and logistics supply chain and retail-based learning.
Skills for Logistics welcomes the introduction of logistics studies as part of the qualification, which is one of 17 sector-linked Diplomas developed with input from businesses and academics.
Diplomas can be used to go into work or on to university and all 17 lines will be taught in every school in England from 2013.
Dr Mick Jackson, chief executive of Skills for Logistics, said: “Any qualifications that can help raise the profile of the logistics sector to a younger audience can only be a positive step. As a sector with an ageing workforce it is important that we are reaching out to future generations and recruiting the best talent. The Diploma in Retail Business will give young people an insight into logistics and this is important to bring new people into our industry.”
In developing the Diploma in Retail Business, Skills for Logistics has worked with Skillsmart Retail and the Institute of the Motor Industry. It was created in consultation with employers including DHL, P&O, ASOS.com, Boots, Gould’s, House of Fraser, Sainsbury’s, the John Lewis Partnership, Tesco, Spar, BMB clothing, and Waitrose.