Insights Everything You Need to Know About an Apprenticeship in Freight
31 January 2019

Everything You Need to Know About an Apprenticeship in Freight

Apprentice with employer

Interested in a career in freight?  Live in Northern Ireland?

A new learning pathway for the freight and logistics industry has just been added to the growing list of apprenticeships available to young people in Northern Ireland. 

The freight and logistics industry is booming and for some time, there has been a growing skills shortage.  Put simply, there isn't enough people with the skills and knowledge to meet the growing demands of the industry.  Working with industry leaders and employers, we are now able to deliver a new qualification that will help young people like yourself onto the career ladder. 

What is the qualification?  

The International Trade and Logistics Operations qualification is part of the Supply Chain Management apprenticeship.  It is a level 2 apprenticeship and is equivalent to NVQ 2/GCSE - grades A* - C. 

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a permanent job of over 21 hours per week where you can earn a wage and learn at the same time.  They are for young people aged between 16 and 24 years and live in Northern Ireland. You will learn whilst working and through a mixture of off the job training such as a training course, seminar or online training.

How long is the apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship lasts roughly 18 months but depends on how quickly you progress.

What will I learn?

You will focus on understanding the different modes of transport, customs documentation as well as learning best practice in selecting carriers and contracting their services.

You will also be able to explain and demonstrate how to select appropriate transport methods, process the appropriate international documentation, advise on service providers and financial documentation.

Depending on your role and reflecting the needs of your employer's business, you will learn either:

  • Air freight
  • Ocean freight
  • Road freight

What will I specifically learn?

Your training will be tailored to your job role and will be made up from units from the groups below:

Mandatory units

  • Health, safety and security at work 
  • Obtain information on goods being transported
  • Select and recommend methods for transporting goods
  • Contribute to effective working relationships in logistics environments

Group 1 optional units

  • Arrange the transportation of goods by road
  • Arrange the transportation of goods by air
  • Arrange the transportation of goods by rail
  • Arrange the transportation of goods by sea or waterway

Group 2 optional units

  • Process customs documentation for goods
  • Process transport documentation for goods
  • Process financial documentation for goods

Group 3 optional units

  • Select service providers for transporting goods
  • Arrange the transportation of goods using multiple transport modes
  • Organise the preparation of documentation for the transportation of good

You will also gain key skills in:

  • Communication in the Workplace
  • Dealing with Work Challenges
  • Customer Service in the Workplace
  • Effective Team Work

What will I gain by the end of the apprenticeship?

On completion of your apprenticeship, you will be competently working as a Freight Forwarder or Import/Export Clerk as part of a team arranging the import and export of goods on behalf of customers.

If you would like to progress further, you can continue learning by taking further training on traffic office, logistics operations or purchasing and supply management qualifications all the way up till degree level.

Interested in working in the freight industry?

Speak to our friendly advisers today on 028 9030 3998 or apply online for one of our latest vacancies at