Getting in

More and more goods and products are being distributed across many different countries.

Would you like a job that involves the organisation & delivery of these products with jobs ranging from driver to air traffic controller?

If so a job in the distribution sector could be for you!

Key Facts

  • This sector is dominated by small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).  Only 1% of organisations employ over 250 people, while 37% of all organisations in the sector are sole traders - where the business is owned and run by one person.
  • It employs 1.7 million people across 194,000 companies. Including those who work in logistics occupations in other sectors, the actual size of the sector is 2.3 million people which equates to 8% of the UK’s workforce.(Skills for Logistics)
  • Some, but by no means all, roles require shift work including evenings, nights and weekends. Depending on the role, travel may be a regular feature both locally, nationally and even internationally and there are still significantly more males than females working within the sector.

Routes into this sector

There are various types of qualifications available at different levels

There are jobs in this sector where you can start with few qualifications and receive training on the job through an apprenticeship and others such as an air traffic controller where you need to complete a number of assessments before becoming a trainee air traffic controller and you cannot hold a full Air Traffic Control licence until you are 20.

Use the Course Search

Use the relevant search options on our Course Search to find college and university courses as well as vacancies for apprenticeships.

More help finding courses and training

Do a free, short, online course to find out more (looks great on your CV too!)

Future Learn have lots of free online courses that will improve your knowledge of this job sector and improve your chances of landing your dream job. e.g. The University of Twente  has developed a 6 week course about Supply Chain Innovation.

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