NCFE and CILT collaborate on development of retail and commercial enterprise qualification

Case Study Tuesday 14 February 2017

National awarding organisation NCFE and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), the membership organisation for professionals involved in the movement of goods and people and their associated supply chains, have worked together to develop the Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Warehousing and Storage.

NCFE is dedicated to designing fit-for-purpose qualifications and encourages stakeholders to be involved in the development. NCFE regularly organises qualification development and scoping activities, inviting relevant employers and stakeholders to participate.

Mick Woodward, IOM Manager at CILT, worked alongside NCFE as part of the Supply Chain Trailblazer Group throughout 2015-16, and then assisted with the development of the Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Warehousing and Storage by attending an NCFE scoping day and providing letters to support the regulation of the qualification.  

Mick commented: “I wanted to get involved to help ensure we have the right qualifications, pitched at the right level, for our industry. This is really important in order to develop skilled workforces for the future. I found the scoping day very productive and positive.

“All the right people were in the room and brought the appropriate knowledge and understanding of what the industry needed from the proposed qualification. I was pleased to be involved in the discussions, which have led to a qualification that’s suitable for those seeking to enter the industry, and is therefore valuable to both learners and employers.”

Christine Paxton, Head of Product Development at NCFE, said: “We’ve found it really useful to work with CILT on the development of this qualification. During the scoping day, Mick was able to provide the necessary industry perspective, capturing the essentials of the role to ensure that the qualification meets the needs of the sector.

“We encourage employers to make use of this approach of developing qualifications, as it supports learners’ progression into employment. Our ACORN online community is open to a wide network of employers and stakeholders and actively encourages members to share qualification ideas.”

If you’re interested in working with NCFE to develop qualifications in your sector, please visit the Acorn online community or email [email protected]