The CILT is now offering double the number of training courses that it did last year and four or five times as many as it did only a few years ago. The emphasis is on working in small groups and very active learning – not the chalk and talk that many of us remember from our school days.
Its training and development directory now runs to more than 30 pages of courses covering all aspects of logistics and supply chain operation. Qualifications range from introductory certificates for new entrants, through professional diplomas for managers to MSc.
There are two new additions to this scheme: an MSc in International Logistics and Supply Chain Management and an MSc in International Transport and Logistics – these courses are delivered on-line and are both run in partnership with the University of Glamorgan.
Online learning is becoming increasingly important. The institute has been offering online learning programmes for about a year ranging from short courses, which are very interactive, to longer course (20-30 hour courses) for which it is partnering with the Open University.
There is help for employers in funding training, including a lot of government funded training that is not being taken up.
This is mainly at the lower NVQ levels but there are also opportunities at management level which are being missed.
At a management level companies can keep themselves informed of funding opportunities through contact with Skills for Logistics.
Companies might also consider getting in a “Train to Gain” broker who can help them identify and take advantage of these schemes.