The first apprenticeship route to supply chain leadership roles is set to launch in early 2018.
The Supply chain leadership professional integrated degree apprenticeship has been developed by 25 organisations and a number of universities, and is led by the Uniserve Group and the Supply Chain Academy.
Degree apprentices, as with other apprentices, will be in employment throughout – spending 20 per cent of their time on academic study. The cost of course fees is shared between government and employers, so apprentices do not pay fees or have any student debt.
Paul Stone, Uniserve’s HR director and director of the Supply Chain Academy, said: “Our aim for this degree apprenticeship is to professionalise the industry. We expect it to go a long way towards addressing the growing skills and management gap in the supply chain sector, and achieving this qualification should provide employers with confidence that the individual has the required understanding of the ‘end-to-end’ supply chain at a leadership level”.