Transport, Logistics and Distribution
Transport, logistics and distribution industries are concerned with the safe and efficient movement of people and products throughout the UK and abroad. Millions of people travel through the UK by land, sea, air or rail every year, in addition to this nearly all the products we consume have passed through the logistics supply chain.
There are a huge variety of roles in this sector including:
- Operational, distribution and transport managers, planners and schedulers all of whom are involved in coordinating people and goods.
- Safety specialists such as air traffic controllers, driving instructors and examiners, railway station assistants, conductors and signalers who all ensure that vehicle operators are following strict health and safety regulations.
- Customer service personnel who take reservations, answer queries and act as the public face of the transport and logistics sector.
- Warehouse personnel who select, package and prepare items for delivery.
- Jobs and salaries
- Routes and qualifications
- Funding and support
- What’s it really like working in this sector?
- How many jobs are there in this sector?
- Location, location, location
- Will a career in this sector suit me?
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Find out more about careers in Logistics and Transport.
- The supply chain is a complex sequence of events and decisions, which connects sourcing raw materials with manufacturing and the end consumer.
- Logistics is the management of this end-to-end supply chain, and companies are increasingly using supply chain management to differentiate themselves from their competitors.
- As a transport planner you could be solving some of the most pressing problems facing our society today, taking advantage of new technology to find innovative solutions. The skills shortage means that employers are offering attractive starting salaries to suitable graduates.
- Take a look at the current jobs being advertised in export.
- Interested in maritime transport? Check out the Nautical Institute and the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
Your typical salary after training in this sector would be £27,000 - +£36,000.
Whilst it is not necessary to have a degree, as you can enter the profession directly from school and obtain the necessary skills through a combination of experience, short courses and private study; many professionals within this sector do have formal qualifications.
Apprenticeships are also an option in this sector, as they are in many others.
- The CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport) offer qualifications to enhance your career. It also offers graduate training programmes.
- The ICS (Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers) offers the internationally recognised qualification - the Foundation Diploma. Read more about the study options offered by the ICS. The ICS also offers a series of bespoke training courses for people already in the profession.
- The TPS (Transport Planning Society) offers information on degrees, qualifications, professional development and training.
If you are intending on higher education to enter this sector, although apprenticeships and other options are also available,
If you are already working in this sector, but would like to develop, think about a career development loan for further study. The relevant professional body (see those listed above) may also offer funding, or your employer may support you.
- Take a look at our career videos from people already working in this sector.
- Some, but by no means all, roles require shift work including evenings, nights and weekends.
- Depending on the role, travel may be a regular feature both locally, nationally and even internationally. There are still significantly more males than females working within the sector.
This sector employs 5% of the total workforce in the UK!
There are lots of graduate schemes available in this sector, and many, many small organisations looking to employ promising new professionals.
By the nature of the roles available in transport, logistics and transportation, it is indeed all about location. You are likely to be travelling at least a little in your career in this profession, and you could be based anywhere in the UK, in a wide range of locations, including airports, railway and bus stations, warehouses and offices, while many workers consider the inside of their vehicle as their main working environment. Jobs may involve a mixture of indoor and outdoor work. Most involve some degree of travel.
- You will need good communication and customer service skills to succeed in this sector.
- Many jobs in this sector require people with problem-solving skills, who can remain calm in a crisis.
- Many jobs in this sector do not require educational qualifications for entry.
- Apprenticeships are available in many areas. Many large employers offer graduate training schemes.
- Jobs involving driving and operating machinery may have age restrictions.
- Most organisations provide training for new entrants, followed by regular in-house courses to update knowledge and skills. It is possible to study for relevant qualifications, such as NVQs.