The Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education recently hosted a Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT) meeting and delivered a session on Traceability Systems to an audience of CILT industry members, along with Logistics and Food Manufacturing Management Foundation Degree students.

Neilsen Busk, Traceability Systems Manager at the Institute delivered the seminar, entitled 'Traceability & Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in the Supply Chain', giving an overview of traceability systems and RFID and its current applications.

Speaking about the fantastic opportunities that are available through the Institute's National Traceability Centre, Neilsen says, "RFID is a fast growing application within industry, and the Grimsby Institute has extensive and proven experience in traceability, in many projects for both national and international clients and is now incorporating RFID as the major component." Going on to highlight one of the key benefits that the Centre offers, he explains that, "The development of the National Traceability Centre will allow companies to research, test and evaluate differing systems in order to identify the suitability prior to major capital expenditure." 

The CILT event also offered an opportunity to highlight funding support at Level 3 for small logistics, supply chain, warehouse and distribution companies based in the Humber region. The Vortex Project, supported by European Social funds and managed by The Learning & Skills Council Humber, is a unique initiative through the region's Centres of Vocational Excellence, one of which covers the Ports & Logistics sector. Its objective is to work with small companies and their employees at Level 3 through the accessing of full qualifications, modules, short courses and bespoke programmes.  

Small companies are therefore urged to take advantage of this great opportunity to access subsidised, essential training for their employees, such as the CILT Level 3 programme and The Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) Level 3 Certificate in first Line Management.  The CILT programme in particular will provide potential supervisors and first line managers with a relevant set of management skills and is also ideal for employees who are already in these roles.  This programme, which has a distinct vocational bias, will equip individuals with a sound foundation for a career within the logistics, transport and supply chain field.  The standard cost for this course is subsidised for eligible companies and it is due to start in January 2007. Above all, this qualification opens up opportunities for those already in employment, who thought education wasn't for them but want to succeed.

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