How to become a road transport manager
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
Transport manager roles are open to all graduates. A foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in the following subjects may give you an advantage:
- supply chain management
- transport management
- business management
You can also do a postgraduate course if you have a relevant degree.
After you finish your studies, you can apply for a place on a graduate transport management trainee scheme.
You'll find transport manager roles in both the private and public sector and in many industries, from retail to engineering and passenger transport.
You'll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
You may be able to do a passenger transport operations manager higher apprenticeship if you're working for a passenger transport company.
You could also start out by doing a supply chain practitioner advanced apprenticeship. This will give you some of the skills and knowledge needed to work as assistant transport manager in areas like fast moving consumer goods, for example food and drink, or retail.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
You could develop your transport skills as a driver, team leader or administrator. With training and experience you could then apply for a road transport manager's job.
You can apply directly for jobs. You'll be expected to have experience and qualifications in road transport.
Having a good knowledge of the road network and an understanding of transport rules and regulations will give you an advantage.
Experience of using specialist transport management software can also help.
Professional and industry bodies
You can join the The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and United Kingdom Warehousing Association for professional recognition and training opportunities.
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