The Supply Chain Academy has launched a work-based degree-level apprenticeship in supply chain management in partnership with Leeds Trinity University.

The apprenticeship aims to help supply chain sector firms tackle the skills shortage, develop in-house talent and cut recruitment costs.

The four year course, which was approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships last month, is tailored to employer’s needs with staff spending just 15 days a year on campus at Leeds Trinity and at the Upminster campus of the Supply Chain Academy.

Apprentices complete the rest of the course in the workplace by completing online tasks and independent research projects.

Around 25 apprentices, including employees of global freight and logistics giant Uniserve, medical supplies distributor Henry Shein and Royal Mail, have enrolled to study the qualification, dubbed the Supply Chain Leadership Professional Degree Apprenticeship.

This is the latest training course on offer from the Supply Chain Academy which was launched in 2012 by Uniserve founder Iain Liddell to help tackle the skills gap in the sector.

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Paul Stone, Uniserve human resources director and director of the Supply Chain Academy, said: “The Industry is desperate for the level of skills that will be provided by the degree apprenticeship.

"The degree apprenticeship was developed in partnership with employers to address those skills gaps. It’s been refreshing to work with Leeds Trinity, which has a reputation of providing a professional education alongside industry experience, to develop highly employable graduates.”

Professor Margaret A House OBE, vice-chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said: “We have been involved in the Trailblazer group to develop a brand-new degree apprenticeship for supply chain professionals since its inception two years ago.

"This is an exciting development in a sector that is crucial to the UK economy.”

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