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
You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in any subject to become a road transport manager.
You might have an advantage if you study:
- supply chain management
- transport management
- business management
You can also do a postgraduate course.
Once you have finished university, you could apply for a place on a graduate transport management trainee scheme. Find out more about getting a place on a graduate scheme.
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 could start by doing a Supply Chain Practitioner Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.
This will give you some of the skills and knowledge you need to work as an assistant transport manager in areas like retail or fast moving consumer goods, for example food and drink.
If you're already working for a passenger transport company, you might be able to do the Passenger Transport Operations Manager Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship.
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, supervisor or admin assistant. With training and experience you could then apply for a road transport manager's job.
You could apply directly to road transport manager jobs. You'll be expected to have experience and qualifications in road transport.
You'll find road transport manager roles in the private and public sector and in many industries such as retail, engineering and passenger transport.
You might find it useful to have:
- good knowledge of the road network
- an understanding of transport rules and regulations
- experience of using specialist transport management software
Professional and industry bodies
You can join the The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) for professional recognition and training opportunities.
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