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Transport Apprenticeships In 2023 – What You Need To Know

If you’re just finishing your education or looking to get into a role that doesn’t necessarily follow the traditional path of university, then an apprenticeship may be the ‘road’ for you (no pun intended). With it being National Apprenticeship Week this week, this could be the best time to begin exploring your options.

Taking up a transport apprenticeship in 2023 is a great option, as it helps you gain new skills and qualifications whilst being paid at the same time, which many other traditional paths don’t offer. Technical jobs like those in driving and logistics require a more hands-on approach when it comes to learning, that’s why at Drivers Direct, we encourage anyone interested in the field of work to get involved in apprenticeships.

Thinking of applying for a transport apprenticeship in 2023 but not sure where to start? Here’s what you need to know! 

What Do Transport Apprenticeships Involve?

The transportation and logistics industry is a broad, all-encompassing term for what is, as we all know, a very complex and meticulously planned supply chain. Not just in this country but across the world! The industry is built up of various jobs, from delivery drivers and warehouse workers to logistics managers and office staff.

We understand it can be hard to know where you fit in. But we’re here to help explain some of the key roles in transport and shed some light into how you can apply.

Choosing The Best Role For You

Transport apprenticeships offer a challenging but rewarding career opportunity. As the logistics industry covers a wide spectrum of roles and professions, it’s easy to find one which is best suited to you. A few examples of sectors you could branch into include:

  • Distribution – a logistics or distribution managers key task is to organise the safe and efficient storage and transportation of goods, as well as analyse logistical problems and plan transportation routes for vehicles.
  • Warehousing – warehouse management plays a strategic role in the supply chain by enabling inventory distribution, sorting, or sometimes even cross-docking processes that strive to meet the growing demand of the market.
  • Supply chain – working as part of the direct supply chain helps ensure shop floors have items to sell. You’ll monitor the levels of stock in an inventory, plan timetables for delivery, ensure suppliers have enough stock to meet store needs, track products and oversee the arrival of goods. It’s a good client-facing role if you’re a people person!
  • Transport – there are an array of opportunities for transport apprentices, you could be maintaining vehicles, driving them, planning to reduce delays, transporting goods, or working within freight, just to name a few!

Taking a deeper look into roles, and basing your current skills, along with skills you would like to learn can help you choose an interesting yet challenging path within logistics.

Transport Apprenticeships In 2023 – When To Apply?

The best thing about a transport apprenticeship is that you can start at any age and any level, and there is typically no ‘right time’ to apply!

Whether you’ve just finished your GCSEs or secondary education, are opting for a change after university, or have decided on a new career route, you can apply for an apprenticeship at any stage that is best suited to you!

With apprenticeships, there are four levels you can apply for:

  • Intermediate – Level 2 – GCSE equivalent
  • Advanced – Level 3 – A level equivalent
  • Higher – Levels 4,5,6 and 7 – Foundation degree and above equivalent
  • Degree – Levels 6 and 7 – Bachelor’s or master’s degree equivalent

With each offering a different accreditation based off previous qualifications, you can find a space best suited to you.

Transport Apprenticeships In 2023 – Where To Apply

There are so many resources online to find out more about, and where to apply for, apprenticeships! A great website to get you started is Amazing Apprenticeships, which offers webinars, local events, and even group sessions to discuss your future career path.

Or you already know the route you are ready to go down, you can find all accredited apprenticeship opportunities at By creating an account, you can sign up to be alerted of opportunities in your area of interest and desired location.

We hope to have given you a good insight on what to expect when choosing an apprenticeship in transport. And maybe someday you may come across a role with us here at Drivers Direct! Have any other questions on applying for a transport apprenticeship? Let us know over on our socials Twitter and LinkedIn. For more reasons why you should consider an apprenticeship or a career in logistics in general, check out our other blogs!

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“Is It Just Driving?” Roles In Transport Explained By Us

The common misconception about jobs in the logistics industry is that it’s “just driving” but in actual fact it is much, MUCH more than that.

The Transportation and Logistics industry is a broad, all-encompassing term for what is, as we all know, a very complex and meticulously planned supply chain. The industry comprises of various jobs, from delivery drivers and warehouse workers to logistics managers and office staff.

What Does A Transportation Role Include?

It can often be hard to navigate (no pun intended) the world of logistics and especially for someone looking to join it. We understand how it can be hard to know where you fit in. But, we’re here to help explain some of the key roles in transport and shed some light into just what it is that they do to keep the supply chain moving.

Depending on the company type and size, logistics employees can oversee:

  • Supply chain management and the order cycle
  • Transport costs, schedules, and delivery times
  • Inventory management of goods and raw materials
  • Business development
  • Service automation
  • Health and safety
  • Inventory and stock auditing
  • Transporting goods or people to their destinations safely
  • Loading and unloading finished goods
  • Moving products or equipment in and out of storage
  • Transportation and logistics skills

Straight away from that, it’s evident that logistics is definitely not “just driving”! This stereotype is often harmful for the industry, there are many key roles that need to be filled but are flying under the radar because they are overshadowed by this perception. Here’s a closer look at some of those key jobs.

Jobs In Logistics Explained


Drivers are what we all think of when we think logistics. They require an HGV license and depending on the vehicles operated and the type of employer, further qualifications too.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Loading and transporting items
  • Delivering goods to destination on time
  • Reviewing orders to ensure all items are correct and the customer is satisfied
  • Helping load and unload delivery and transport vehicles
  • Checking routes and road traffic beforehand
  • Preparing documents and reports for deliveries
  • Maintaining regulation rest times and keeping yourself in check

Logistics Management

Logistics managers oversee the distribution activities within a business. Although they work from the office, they are just as vital as those behind the wheel, making sure everyone else has the tools and information they need to do their job.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Planning and overseeing logistical operations
  • Managing the order cycle
  • Negotiating with clients and customers
  • Handling client account contracts
  • Supervising logistics staff and resources
  • Planning delivery routes and ensuring quality
  • Preparing budgets and managing costs
  • Customers and suppliers management

Warehouse workers

Warehouse workers conduct a wide range of important duties storing, retrieving, and moving stock, supplies, and products. Qualifications are not required to perform the role making it a career opportunity for all. However, a forklift truck license is sometimes needed.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Accepting deliveries and checking packages for signs of damage
  • Packing and wrapping items in preparation for dispatch
  • Monitoring stock levels, conducting checks, and reporting discrepancies
  • Maintaining clear aisles and adhering to health and safety practices
  • Following picking lists and entering data into warehouse databases
  • Using a forklift truck to move palletised goods in and out of storage
  • Lifting heavy objects or light objects repetitively
  • Maintaining stated productivity and quality levels

Warehouse managers

Warehouse Managers are excellent leaders who make sure everything is where it is meant to be on time and safely. They manage the warehouse workers to create one well-oiled machine.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Managing warehouse workers
  • Overseeing deliveries of incoming goods
  • Organising distribution and warehouse maintenance activities
  • Monitoring and ensuring all operations comply with operational policies
  • Maintaining a safe and secure working environment
  • Planning staff rotas and overseeing training

At Drivers Direct, we specialise in placing the right people into logistics jobs and no – it’s not “just driving”! If you’re looking for a new and exciting challenge then why not pop us a message? Or, for more inspiration, read our blog, or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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10 Ways Drivers Can Look After Their Mental Health On The Road

1 in 6 people are affected by mental health issues every week, but many of them don’t get the help that they need because of the social stigma surrounding the issue.

In the transport industry, driver safety is often at the forefront of sector issues – but it should go beyond just physical safety. A driver’s well-being is equally important to ensure a positive and healthy mental state. After all, driving can be a lonely profession, especially for those trunking for long periods of time.

Long-haul work can see drivers spending long hours on the road – so it’s time that the transport industry stepped up and started focusing on the mental health and wellness of all drivers on the road and beat that social stigma to encourage those who need it to seek out the help that they need!

Here at Drivers Direct, we care about the metal wellbeing of our employees as well as everyone else in the logistics business, so here are our top 10 ways drivers can look after their mental health on the road…

Take regular rest breaks

‘Stop, revive, survive’ isn’t just a catchy phrase – taking a break while driving is essential! Make sure to follow your required rest breaks and stop when you need to. Pulling up where possible, stretching your legs and getting some fresh air can go a long way to boosting your mood.

Stick to a routine

Even something as simple as eating breakfast each morning before you leave can give your working day some much needed structure and familiarity. Romanticise your routine, take the time to make yourself a brew, get something in your stomach, wash your face stretch your legs and plan your day.

Reach out to loved ones

Driving on remote or rural roads can be long, tough, and lonely. Take the time to rest and reach out to your loved ones, whether that be a family or a friend. A familiar voice can boost your mood and help you feel more connected.

Make a playlist

Singing while on the road isn’t just for fun – it can also keep you awake, alert and stress-free. Compile a playlist of your favourites tunes and sing along to relieve your stress. We even have a playlist for those who haven’t got time to create their own!

Eat well

Having fast food everyday just isn’t healthy as we all know. But what you may now know is that a good diet is not only great for your physical health but also your mental health. Pack what you can from home and choose the healthier option when picking up food for the road – you’ll thank yourself later.

Stay hydrated

Drinking water is essential to keeping up your health and mood. When you’re taking on a long-haul drive, you’ll need a lot of water to keep you going. Make sure you’re loaded up before you set out and remember to sip often to keep up your levels.

Know when to stop

Track your work and rest hours in great detail. Restrictions on this are there for a reason. Any work done outside of this is at high risk of causing fatigue and other health issues. Keeping track of your work hours is important, as is limiting your personal driving time to ensure you’re well rested and focused for your next shift. Getting tired on the road is not only dangerous for you but for everyone on the road with you. Don’t burnout. Know when to take time away from it all so your mental health can stay above water.

Talk to someone

Suffering in silence is dangerous. Talking to your partner, friend, co-worker, or manager can relieve your burden and help you manage any issues you have. Honesty is the best policy, and it might just save your life.

Track your mental health

Even if it’s as simple as noting down how you feel on a scale of 1-10, it can be beneficial to track your mood and determine what and when changes occur. It can also be a therapeutic practice for some, the ability to write their thoughts and feelings down to get things of their chest is often very beneficial for relieving any pent-up stress.

And last but NOT least, breathe!

If the stress of a job is getting to be too much, always remember to take some long, deep breaths. Spend a few minutes doing this, and you’ll get yourself back on track and in control of your mind.

At the end of the day, stress is unavoidable but employing just a few of these tips will reduce your stress and help you manage any negative emotions or experiences.

If you are struggling or need someone to talk to there are many ways to reach out and get help:

Samaritans – Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline). Website:

CALM – CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35. Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight). Website:

Looking for more tips for being on the road? Check out some of our previous blogs.

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Celebrating the Women of Drivers Direct for International Women’s Day

Even though logistics is a male dominated profession, it’s important that we don’t neglect to show support for the valuable contribution the women in logistics make to keep the wheels turning! From HGV drivers to recruitment specialists and transport clerks, the transport industry can only succeed due to the efforts of hard-working individuals who play their part – regardless of their gender.

And we can’t think of a more perfect time to celebrate the contributions of women at Drivers Direct than on International Women’s Day 2022. Below, you can read our interviews with two amazing women who work for us, both supporting us in different ways – but both equally valuable members of our wonderful team!

Roxie, Recruitment Consultant

  • What is your job title?

Hi, my name is Roxie, and I am a recruitment consultant at Drivers Direct.

  • How long have you been working in the transport industry?

I have been working in this industry for five years now.

  • How did you come to work in logistics?

I followed a friend who I worked with in the NHS. She first made the move to the transport sector and had nothing but good things to say about it. I have always been interested in the transport industry, so I thought why not take the plunge!

  • What’s your favourite thing about your role and Drivers Direct?

My team, my drivers, and my clients. Drivers Direct gave me the room to grow and evolve into my role here and remain completely myself at the same time. It has also given me the knowledge and confidence to pursue my goal of becoming an HGV driver. This has been a dream of mine since I was little and now that my children are older, I’m halfway along that journey! The friends I have made through this role give me confidence to know that I am making the right decision with some amazing support behind me.

  • What would you say to young women wanting to join the sector?

It may be a daunting proposition, but what can’t women do? Young or old, this is an exciting, fast-paced, rewarding, funny, scary in a good way, forever changing industry – it’s made for women! I am an incredibly shy and anxious person and I have still enjoyed my five years in the logistics and look forward to many MANY more! Drivers Direct in particular have been a great route into the sector and have been really supportive with my decision to move into driving.

Drivers Direct aside (love you guys!) – transport, haulage, logistics, warehousing and even recruiting – I would say go for it girls! Get a peek behind the scenes of what makes this country tick and see how we #keepbritainmoving. Ladies – we can do this in our sleep!

Emily Ogden, Transport Coordinator

  • What is your job title?

Hi, I’m Emily and I’m the transport coordinator at Drivers Direct Tamworth.

  • How long have you been working in the transport industry?

This year marks 7 years in the industry for me.

  • How did you come to work in logistics?

I started as a recruitment consultant in a different sector, however, after around 1 year of working for them, an opportunity arose to work within the logistics sector of the company, and I took it.  

  • What’s your favourite thing about your role and Drivers Direct?

Getting to know the drivers on a professional and personal basis has always been a highlight and will continue to be! This has created such a positive and respectful environment to work alongside each other in and I couldn’t wish for anything better. I also thoroughly enjoy building and maintaining great relationships with our clients. It seems I’m rather a people person!

  • What would you say to young women wanting to join the sector?

Over the past 5 years or so I have noticed an upwards trend in the amount of women in the transport industry at all levels. I believe this has created and will continue to create a great platform for not just young women but ALL women entering the transport industry.

To find out more about Drivers Direct and what we do, you can follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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