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!
- 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.
- GCSEs in English and maths will help get you into this sector.
- At 16 you could do A Levels, which are general academic subjects or develop your knowledge and skills for this sector through an apprenticeship/traineeship or through a vocational qualification.
- At 18 or 19 you could do a higher education/degree-level course, with 8 out of 10 A Level students choosing this pathway and half of all BTEC National students. However there are also other routes into your chosen career - through apprenticeships and vocational qualifications.
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
- Visit the sector Skills council, Skills for Logistics for information on qualifications and training.
- To find out whether there is an apprenticeship training course related to distribution that might suit you.
- To search for an apprenticeship vacancies available now related to distribution, across England (you need a vacancy to be able to apply)
- To find apprenticeship vacancies near you. Also, there are other ways to find an apprenticeship explained here.
- To find a vocational course related to distribution at a college (also check the college's website to get the latest list of courses)
- To find a university level course related to distribution
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.