About a dozen logistics professionals will find themselves returning to the classroom as the third intake of the Foundation Degree for Logistics Management run by the Humber Institute of Food and Fisheries (HIFF) at the Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education continues.

In April of last year the Grimsby Institute in partnership with Hull College and North East Lincolnshire Council established the Ports and Logistics Centre of Excellence (CoVE). Funded by the Learning Skills Council and accredited by Hull University and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) the Foundation Degree enables logistics employees to study for a meaningful and recognisable qualification in the Logistics sector.

Programme Manager, Lonnie Robinson stated, It is very encouraging that the new intake comprises 11 different companies from the Yorkshire and Humber regions, which also pays testament to the hard work put in by the HIFF team. He continued by saying On completion of the degree the students will be eligible to apply for full membership of the CILT and become a part of an active organisation, which has a dedicated team in the Humber region.

Another initiative that has been set to take the logistics sector by storm is the onset of the National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs), Level 2 and Level 3 in Logistics and Transport, also backed by the CILT.  Lonnie said, These awards are designed for those who are new to the logistics industry and will help the level of education in the logistics sector at the moment.  These NVQs will be delivered in a joint venture with the Ports and Logistics Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE).  He continued by saying We are striving to offer a selection of logistics based courses to meet the requirements of the sector, and these courses will act as feeder routes to the degree.

The three courses involve subjects that are relevant to the success of the logistic industry such as strategic operations and project management. Alongside this the Institute has a National Traceability Centre, which fully supports the curriculum and short-term provision.  This innovative centre, which has worldwide recognition, brings an up to date approach to the problems associated with tracking packages and food throughout the supply chain using the latest Radio Frequency Identification techniques, commonly known as RFID.

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