If you’re looking to work in a globally-focused industry covering a wide variety of disciplines and areas of expertise, the supply chain management industry may be right for you. It covers data analysis, economic modelling, risk management, software design, business communications, global trade and a vast number of other business-critical processes. 

Negotiate contracts with industry-leading suppliers as a purchasing assistant. Manage an innovative team delivering goods across the globe as an import/export supervisor. 

You can contribute to the acceleration of the global economy by finding hidden opportunities in a business’s logistical operations. You’ll experiment with the latest advancements in supply chain software and technology. Whatever career you are pursuing in supply chain management, this apprenticeship will equip you with the essential tools required for this industry. 

What's the qualification?

You will earn a Technical Apprenticeship qualification at SCQF level 8 in Supply Chain Management. This apprenticeship includes: 

  • Vocational SVQ units alongside broader career skills training 
  • Options to earn additional industry-focused qualifications 
  • Hands-on work experience in a professional industry setting 

SCQF qualification level explained

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you could learn how to:   

  • Select appropriate suppliers for your supply chain 
  • Schedule and place orders for supplies at a fair price 
  • Choose high-quality storage facilities and holding locations for business supplies 
  • Develop operational relationships with other organisations 
  • Create business contracts and specifications 
  • Evaluate supply chain performance and test improvements  

Depending on the career skills units you decide to focus on, you will be able to gain an understanding of essential business skills including 

  • Project management 
  • Negotiation and sales skills 
  • Team leadership 
  • Employee onboarding and recruitment skills 
  • Finance management 
  • Risk management  

These career skills are valuable across many different industries and disciplines. Examples relevant to supply chain management include transport, telecommunications, manufacturing and technology. 

Where could it take me?

There are a wide variety of opportunities available to you following completion of this Technical Apprenticeship. You can join a higher-level education pathway or start full-time employment straight away. 

Further education: Develop your understanding of supply chain management further by pursuing additional qualifications. Learners who have completed this Technical Apprenticeship can move onto the more advanced Professional Apprenticeship or undertake industry qualifications from the Institute of Operations Management. 

Straight to work: Use your supply chain management qualification to immediately begin work in the industry. Completing this apprenticeship can lead to a range of jobs including the following: 

  • Warehouse Team Leader 
  • Supply Chain Specialist 
  • Purchasing Assistant 
  • Distribution Project Supervisor 
  • Freight Forwarder 
  • Import/Export Supervisor 

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this apprenticeship course. However, employers will favour those who show an enthusiasm for learning and have previous relevant work experience in the sector. 


This Technical Apprenticeship will take a minimum of 12 months to complete. 

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