FTAI IRELAND POLICY
The freight distribution and logistics industry is a vibrant and vital sector for the economy of Ireland. Contributing in excess of €1 billion a year to the exchequer in the form of PAYE PRSI and road taxes. Irish goods and service exports have increased by over a third between 2011 and 2016 from €175 billion to €258 billion and the economy is now ranked 12th most competitive in the world. The transport sector in particular has been less successful than others in recruiting younger workers due to many factors including a perception that it is made up of predominantly low skilled jobs and long hours. This perception must change! A real way to deal with change is to invest in Training and Education.
The labour needs of the Freight, Transport, Distribution and Logistics sector are developing as forecast in the 2015 EGFSN report. At the time of 2016 Census there were 49,470 people working in this field. In the absence of a major external shock the labour needs of the sector are expected to increase to 66,204 by 2025. Given the age profile of people working in the sector, 13,752 of those currently working in the sector are expected to retire by 2025. In summary, a total of 30,486 individuals will have to decide to take up careers in the sector and receive all the necessary training between now and 2025 in this baseline scenario.
FTAI IRELAND APPRENTICESHIPS
FTA Ireland are the lead proposer for two apprenticeships:
As a trade association for the freight distribution and logistics sector FTA Ireland are mandated to work on solutions to key issues on behalf of our members and the skills shortage has been a key concern for our members over recent years at all levels and roles within the freight distribution and logistics sector
In 2022 there are over 24,000 apprentices completing training, on over 65 different programmes including Logistics. These apprenticeships will go some way in changing the perception of roles in Logistics including commercial driving as a profession, through creating awareness in schools, informing parents and career guidance counsellors of the varied roles within the freight distribution sector that offer rewarding and challenging career opportunities.
Logistics Associate Apprenticeship (LAA)
The Logistics Associate Apprenticeship provides academic Education and practical training across the Freight, Logistics, Shipping and Distribution industries. Apprentices enter a contact of 2 years duration, where they will work with an Employer and spent one day a week with Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) or Munster Technological University (MTU) for their academic studies. Completion of this programme will lead to a Level 6 Award on the National Framework of Qualifications.
For Apprentices, this programme is the perfect entry point into the Freight, Logistics, Shipping and Distribution industries, with broad exposure allowing persons to make a decision about their desired career direction upon completion.
For Employers, this initiative is an opportunity to recruit fresh and enthusiastic talent into your organisation, with the academic training provided to assist your businesses operations needs and lead to professionally qualified staff.
Transport Operations & Commercial Driving Apprenticeship (CDAP)
The Transport Operations & Commercial Driving Apprenticeship has been developed as an apprenticeship route into the commercial driving and logistics sector, in response to challenges and changes within the sector. This apprenticeship is based on a collaboration between ATU Sligo and the FTAI, informed by the Consortium Steering Group. It meets the statutory requirements of apprenticeship, in partnership with SOLAS, the Higher Education Authority (HEA), employers, FTAI and apprentices.
Findings from both of the following reports informed the development of this programme, Addressing the Demand for Skills in the Freight Transport, Distribution and Logistics Sector in Ireland 2015-2020 and 2018 report, “Addressing the Skills Needs Arising from the Potential Trade Implications of Brexit”, respectively.
Programme development took place over several months and involved agreement of programme learning outcomes aligned to the Occupational Profile, in consultation with stakeholders. Particular attention was given to opportunities for on-the-job learning. The programme is aligned with the QQI/ATU Sligo Business Award standards, in recognition of the changing role of commercial drivers, and the competencies and skills that they are required to display in their role. It also meets the needs of industry and addresses the skills that are required in new, as well as existing commercial drivers.
As a significant part of the apprentices’ formation will take place with the employer, the role of the employer is crucial to the excellence of the graduate of an apprenticeship programme. The Transport Operations & Commercial Driving Apprenticeship will be delivered online by ATU Sligo, 1 day per week during the college semester (13 teaching weeks with 2 weeks for assessment and other activities). The consortium will determine the day, but it will be the same day each week during the duration of the 1st year of the programmes. Like all training and education programmes the learner must manage their time to ensure that adequate time and effort is allocated to study and completing projects and assessment. As thelearner will work 4 days per week, the hours of which are managed under the working time act/directive, therefore time will need to be allocated outside of work hours to meet the demands of the programme. The employer will have a dedicated workplace supervisor/mentor assigned for their apprentices whose job it will be to assist and support the apprentice for the duration of the programme.
NEW Commercial Driving Apprenticeship Launched – 26th May 2022
The Transport Operations and Commercial Driving apprenticeship was launched in ATU Sligo on Thursday the 26th of May 2022 by Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris and Minister of State at the Department of Transport with special responsibility for International and Road Transport and Logistics, Hildegarde Naughton. This apprenticeship will go some way in changing the perception of commercial driving as a profession, through creating awareness in schools, informing parents and career guidance counsellors of the varied driving roles within the freight distribution sector that offer rewarding and challenging career opportunities. The transport operations and commercial driving apprenticeship is an industry driven apprenticeship designed by industry for industry and is the culmination of years of hard work by all involved.
This apprenticeship will make a big difference to the industry for the following reasons:
- This new apprenticeship will serve to be the catalyst to attract young people and vitally more women into our industry to support business growth.
- The academic qualification offers validity and value to the profession of driving
- It will support career progression opportunities within the workforce
- As mentioned, the average size haulage business has just over 5 trucks. This programme can support succession planning, with sons or daughters gaining a business qualification whilst attaining their driving licence and supporting the legacy of their family business.
- Having more education and training options in our sector, supported by the collaborative focus of the logistics and supply chain skills forum will support Irelands ambitions to be leaders in supply chain and logistics and help us compete against other industry for people.