A proposal for a first-of-its-kind degree apprenticeship for supply chain professionals - chaired by the Uniserve Group’s Supply Chain Academy – has been given government approval and listed as the occupational qualification for supply chain and logistics.
The degree apprenticeship scheme will cover areas including supply chain management, purchasing, procurement and risk management, and is due to be available from September 2017 in the UK.
From 6 April 2017 the way the UK government funds apprenticeships in England will change - when employers operating in the UK that have an annual pay bill over £3 million each year will be required to contribute to a new ‘apprenticeship levy’.
They will be able to claim the levy back, but only if they invest in apprenticeships. Other employers with a pay bill lower than £3m will be able to take advantage of a 90% government subsidy to invest in apprenticeships.
The Supply Chain Academy’s newly approved degree apprenticeship will involve employers, universities and professional bodies working in partnership, with apprentices employed throughout; splitting their time between university and their employer, and achieving a full bachelor’s or master’s degree on completion.
Paul Stone, Managing Director of Supply Chain Academy, said: “This is great news for the Uniserve Group and the Supply Chain Academy, but more importantly this is great news for the industry and for supply chain business in the UK.
“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”.
More information on the Supply Chain Academy and the degree apprenticeship can be found at supplychainacademy.org.uk.