Getting from A to B doesn’t just happen. Are you someone who wants to help create a sustainable environment? Study for an apprenticeship in freight logistics and be involved with a sector that is focused on supporting all of Scotland’s industries.   

The apprenticeship is suited for practical people who are interested in developing environmentally friendly transportation strategies. Learn how to safely deposit raw materials. Work with the latest logistics technology such as autonomous trucks. Gain an understanding of the processes that could help lower fuel pollution.   

Scotland’s freight logistics industry is an essential part of other sectors such as manufacturing, food and drink, chemicals, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and more. There are a range of jobs to choose from. Become a van driver and transport medical supplies to a pharmacist. Work as a logistics operative and ensure products go to the right place.   

What's the qualification?

The apprenticeship is available at two levels. You will gain a qualification in freight logistics at SCQF level 5 or 6/7The qualifications include:  

  • Core units of aSVQ in freight logistics at SCQF level 5 or 6/7 
  • Work experience in a versatile and fast-paced industry  

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you'll learn how to:   

  • Maintain health and safety in logistics operations 
  • Develop effective working relationships with colleagues in logistics operations 
  • Move or handle goods in logistics environment 
  • Contribute to the provision of customer services 
  • Keep stock at required levels 
  • Place goods in storage 
  • Assemble orders for dispatch 
  • Store waste and operating materials within a waste management environment  


You will develop the following core skills:   

  • Time management 
  • Numeracy  
  • Team work 
  • Problem-solving  
  • Communication  

 These transferrable skills are useful for working in other roles such as supply chain and warehouse work.   

Where could it take me?

This Modern Apprenticeship gives you a range of options. Carry on your studies with a technical apprenticeship in supply chain management or go into full-time work.   

Further education: Continue to improve your logistics skills by studying a CIPS Level 4 Diploma in procurement and supply. You could also study for a Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport qualification.   

Straight to work: Use your experience to find a job in the logistics industrySeveral roles are listed below:

  • Warehouse operative 
  • Supply chain assistant 
  • Van driver 
  • Rigid vehicle driver 
  • Transport operative 
  • Logistics specialist 
  • Logistics technician  

Entry requirements

There are no set requirements for the apprenticeship. However, if you are planning on becoming a logistics driver then you need to be at least 18 years old. You will also need to pass a medical exam before applying for a provisional large goods vehicle (LGV) licence.   


This Modern Apprenticeship will take 12-24 months to complete.  

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