Whether you’re a great negotiator or have a keen eye for detail, theres a job for you in Scotland’s supply chain management sector. This apprenticeship can provide a range of job opportunities for candidates looking to begin or further their career in supply chain management. 

The sector covers logisticstradeglobal marketsfinance and a variety of other roles critical to the Scottish economyTravel the world to find the highest-quality goods as a purchasing managerLead a team in multiple countries as a freight forwarderManage crucial shipping data as an import/export clerk.  

This apprenticeship can help you develop the necessary skills required for a career in supply chain management. During this course, you'll learn to coordinate large logistical operations. Youll learn to communicate and negotiate in a professional business environment. Whatever job you’re looking for in supply chain management, this apprenticeship can give you  the key information and skills required for employment in this sector. 

What's the qualification?

For successfully completing this course, you will be awarded a Modern Apprenticeship qualification at SCQF level 7 in Supply Chain Management. This qualification includes: 

  • Practical SVQ units related to supply chain management alongside core skills training 
  • A range of work experience in the sector with the opportunity to learn from industry professionals 

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you'll learn how to:   

  • Manage and complete import and export procedures 
  • Analyse supply chain data 
  • Negotiate and place orders with suppliers 
  • Plan effective logistical operations to meet customer requirements 
  • Assess supplier performance and capabilities 
  • Create action steps for logistical improvements  

You will also gain a set of valuable core skills 

  • Communication 
  • Information and communication technology skills 
  • Problem-solving 
  • Numeracy 
  • Teamwork  

These transferable skills are applicable to a vast range of employment sectors including business, retail, ICT and transport. 

Where could it take me?

There are many available pathways to further your career after gaining a Modern Apprenticeship qualification in Supply Chain Management. You can undertake higher-level study or enter the industry with your newly developed skills. 

Further education: Develop your knowledge further by progressing either onto a Technical Apprenticeship course or into Higher Education. Relevant courses for this industry include the Level 4 Technical Apprenticeship in Supply Chain Management and degrees such as International Operations and Supply Chain Management. 

Straight to work: Use your supply chain management qualification to become employed in the industry. Below are some examples of jobs you could do:

  • Freight Forwarder 
  • Import/Export Clerk 
  • Warehouse Operative 
  • Purchasing Manager 
  • Supply Chain Specialist 

Entry requirements

There are no formal qualification requirements for this apprenticeship. However, you can increase your chances of a successful application by showing relevant previous experience, such as a work placement in a supply chain business. A National Progression Award in Supply Chain Operations at SCQF level 5 can be valuable but is not essential. 


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

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