The Logistics Learning Alliance is calling on companies for increased financial support in the training of humanitarian logistics students after more than 500 applicants sought out one of 41 places funded by USAID, a US government agency.
Working alongside the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, the LLA provides both the Fritz Institute/CILT Certification in Humanitarian Logistics and Certification in Humanitarian Medical Logistics Practices.
The qualification covers the development of specialist technical areas within a humanitarian aid scenario, with the medical logistics programme highlighting additional responsibilities involved in delivering a medical supply chain.
Peter Jones, managing director of LLA, said: “We were very pleased to receive the funding from USAID for the 41 students that have recently started the Fritz Institute/CILT Certification in Humanitarian Logistics and Certification in Humanitarian Medical Logistics Practices programmes with LLA.
“However, with so many applicants, there is obviously a great demand for training courses in this area. Along with USAID, the CILT’s own charitable arm, Aspire, and third party logistics provider “Fair and Easy” have sponsored students through the programmes. Most applicants for the programmes come from the areas affected by humanitarian emergencies or on-going programmes, and in these circumstances the course cost is often beyond their means. They are truly committed to the programmes and often continue their studies in the most adverse of conditions.”
Jones said that the LLA would welcome enquiries from more organisations looking to enhance their Corporate Social Responsibility credentials and get involved with part or full sponsorship of individuals or small groups of students.
“USAID has provisionally agreed further funding for around another 40 scholarships in 2015, together with some backing for updating the course materials but with additional sponsorship many more applicants could be supported,” Jones added.
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