Royal Mail endorses ‘work-based’ SCA / Leeds Trinity degree apprenticeship

by | Jan 29, 2021

Royal Mail Group, one of the UK’s largest employers, has warmly endorsed the Supply Chain Academy / Leeds Trinity University degree apprenticeship programme. The globally renowned delivery group, whose UK workforce exceeds 140,000 personnel, pointed to the work-based approach as a key driver in selecting this course for its apprentices.

Sara McGinlay, Logistics L&D Manager for Royal Mail Group, states: “Royal Mail chose this degree apprenticeship because of its ‘work-based’ approach, which facilitates new learning opportunities in the workplace to help colleagues achieve and upskill for current and future roles.

“Royal Mail has a clear vision to be recognised as the best delivery company in the UK and across Europe. Achieving this depends upon having the best possible talent at all levels in the business, supported by a culture that gives individuals the opportunity to grow and develop.

 “We are pleased to be working with both Leeds Trinity University and the Supply Chain Academy on this apprenticeship. Our apprentices are gaining new tools and techniques that will help them to achieve their goals within current roles, as well as help them to progress their skills and behaviours for their career. Both Leeds Trinity and the Supply Chain Academy have given us great support to help us achieve our aims.”

The partnership between Leeds Trinity University, the Supply Chain Academy and its training arm CP Training, has gone from strength to strength and is now supporting key workers across the UK to gain new skills.

The programme which took on its 100th apprentice in early 2020, is designed by employers in the logistics and supply chain sector to create a highly skilled workforce and raise productivity and increase efficiency across the supply chain process.  The programme covers areas such as planning for supply and demand, reverse logistics and financial management.  It places an emphasis on applying the learning through work-based projects, which support apprentices to create relevant and ongoing business benefits from day one.

As the national and regional economy enters a period of recovery, the need to ensure crucial skills gaps in the supply chain areas are plugged is becoming increasingly important.

Claire Newhouse Director of the Centre for Apprenticeships, Work-based Learning and Skills at Leeds Trinity University, states “Degree apprenticeships at Leeds Trinity are designed on a work-based learning framework, which provides a great deal of flexibility in how the knowledge, skills and behaviours within the apprenticeship can be achieved. The emphasis is on using the workplace to support learning, making our apprenticeships versatile, and able to produce real-time benefits for employees and their employers.”

Paul Stone, Managing Director of the Supply Chain Academy, added: “We are delighted to be working with the Royal Mail Group. We’ve uniquely added real business insights to the degree apprenticeship modules to ensure the apprentices learn the latest skills and have a great basis on which to add value to their organisation and their own career experience.”


The Supply Chain Academy are currently enrolling for 2021 and beyond – including remote learning options – for further information please check out their Degree Apprenticeship page HERE, or contact Alex Mortimer on 01708 259450 or

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