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An apprenticeship in logistics offers an exciting and challenging career path for any young person – whatever your interests or aptitudes. It is a fast growing sector that is being driven by the current surge in home shopping. As such it is highly customer focused, increasingly reliant on information technology, and involves working with some very advanced equipment. Their are no glass ceilings in logistics and a talented young person can quickly rise from the warehouse floor or back office to a senior management position.

If you’re looking for a challenging career in a dynamic sector then why not take a closer look at logistics. It offers a wide variety of different careers all with great prospects.

Mantra Learning has launched The Logistics Academy to provide young people with all the training and support they need to get their first job and start an apprenticeship. 

About us

Mantra Learning has been offering learning and skills programmes to support the logistics, automotive and business sectors for over 47 years.

The philosophy at Mantra is to provide people from all walks of life with practical skills and knowledge, enabling them to impact on business. Hence our mission statement: "Enabling people to transform business."

Mantra Learning has helped thousands of people to achieve their potential in the logistics and automotive sectors, including more than 200 apprenticeships achieved each year.

Facilities available

We are looking for young people leaving school or college from years 11 to 13 who are looking for their first job or older people up to age 24 who want a change of career.

Free driving lessons

Because we believe that being able to drive is such an important life skill that will help you succeed in the world of work we’ll pay for a course of driving lessons as you progress through the Academy programmes.

Pathway to apprenticeship

The Logistics Pathway programmes take around 12 weeks and include work preparation training, English, maths and IT, plus a vocational skills course. This is followed by 6 weeks or more work experience with a well known, local employer.

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Opportunities for all

At the Logistics Academy we believe that logistics offers a range of fantastic career opportunities for all sorts of bright young people – whatever their aptitudes or interests. That’s why we have created two different pathways that can lead on to a variety of occupations:

The Logistics Operator pathway

For young people who have a practical leaning and prefer a job that is more hands on we offer the Logistics Operator pathway. This can lead to a variety of occupations such as


  • Motor cycle courier driver
  • Van driver
  • HGV driver

Motor vehicle mechanic:

  • Light motor vehicle mechanic
  • Heavy motor vehicle mechanic

Warehousing and storage:

  • Goods receiving and despatch
  • Order picker and packer
  • Forklift truck operator

The Logistics Business pathway

Those who are more suited to back office or customer facing roles will want to follow the Logistics Business pathway. This will prepare them for a job in:

Business skills:

  • General administration
  • IT support
  • e-commerce

Customer service:

  • Receptionist
  • Telephone customer service
  • Social media

Transport planning:

  • Traffic office

Freight forwarding:

  • International logistics and trade operations

Learner success

Ryan Brandon is a Traffic Office Apprentice at Yearsley Logistics, based in Heywood, Greater Manchester.  Ryan initially became interested in working in the logistics industry after finding it difficult to find a foothold in the world of work.

Completing pre-apprenticeship training in warehousing opened Ryan’s eyes to the exciting opportunities available; through this, Ryan successfully applied for his current role.  After impressing at interview with his commitment to learning and to starting a career in logistics, Yearsley Logistics developed a training programme that provided Ryan with the opportunity to gain experience of different departments and functions.  Using this experience, Ryan opted to specialise in Traffic Office; after completing his Level 2 Traffic Office qualification, Ryan has progressed onto a Level 3 Traffic Office qualification and continues to develop his career at Yearsley Logistics. 

In the frozen goods transport industry, Yearsley’s are by far the largest and service major retailers like Tesco and Asda.  With the help of his employer, Ryan has developed a career plan and knows exactly what training and qualifications he needs to get there.  After finishing his advanced apprenticeship, he is planning to achieve his Transport Manager’s qualification and progress within the company.  According to Ryan, ‘we’re number one in the frozen chain – there’s opportunities to grow alongside the company’s growth.’ 

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Mantra Learning directly.

Last updated date: 07 February 2018
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Key information


  • A: The Logistics Academy
    • Address:
    • Greengate
    • Middleton
    • Manchester
    • M24 1RU
    • Telephone number:
    • Main: 01616535767
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    • More information:
    • Mantra Learning has launched The Logistics Academy to provide young people with all the training and support they need to get their first job and start an apprenticeship.

      Mantra boasts very high quality training facilities. The Logistics Academy in Middleton is arguably the best independent logistics training facility in the UK.

      We are a co-founder of the Warehouse Technology Group and we work closely with a wide range of equipment suppliers to ensure learners are trained using the latest sector technologies. Our Logistics Research and Innovation Centre (LRIC) contains £1,000,000 worth of the latest warehouse technology learners are likely to encounter in the workplace. 

      Our learners train in a 20,000 sq. ft. working warehouse and gain practical experience before entering the job market. With 8 FLT training bays, 12 classrooms and 3 IT suites there is ample provision to support over 500 learners per week through the centre.

      We also have a fully equipped motor vehicle workshop to train apprentices in both light and heavy vehicle maintenance and repair.