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Skills for Logistics launches new Scottish Modern Apprenticeship

Skills for Logistics, the Sector Skills Council for the freight logistics industries, has launched Traffic Office, its latest Scottish Modern Apprenticeship (MA).

The MA is targeted at those involved in the planning, scheduling and routing of loads. Through the MA, successful candidates will receive a Scottish Vocational Qualification Level 3 in Traffic Office operations.

According to Skills for Logistics, candidates will develop the core skills of communication, working with others, problem solving, IT and numeracy. The organisation adds that there is also an emphasis on high standards of customer service.

Ian Hetherington, chief executive of Skills for Logistics, said: "Every business working in the logistics sector has to plan and organise the movement of transport and goods, whether in bulk, in containers or on pallets.

"There are currently 5,600 transport office staff in Scotland. Many of us started our careers in the Traffic Office, therefore an industry recognised skills development programme will be beneficial to employers, as well as new and existing staff.

"Scottish Employers have provided vital input into the development of the MA to ensure that it will meet the demands of industry."

Bob Armstrong, HR Manager at MRS Distribution is keen to enrol employees on the new Traffic Office MA. "We are very enthusiastic about putting candidates through the scheme. We feel that the MA will truly help to develop the skills required by MRS Distribution and the candidates will receive industry-recognised qualifications, whilst learning exactly what the job requires from them.

"We are looking forward to developing the skills of our workforce and ensuring the future of the business through programmes like this one."

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