Supply chains and logistics 101
The Institute of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (ILSCM), the latest player in the training arena, has been launched. The institute aims to partner with industry and improve the general calibre of those pursuing careers in logistics and supply chain related disciplines.
ILSCM is set to provide job-specific academic programmes as well as face-to-face short learning programmes. Qualifications will range from a National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 2 to an NQF Level 7. The Uniprep programme offers students the opportunity to bridge the gap between the further education level and the higher education level.
The training organisation states that very few institutions offer qualifications in the logistics and supply chain field – especially through distance learning education, which is becoming all the more popular as it provides flexibility for those who are employed on a full-time basis.
“Having focused our programme offering, we are in a position to align ourselves more closely with the industry and its representative bodies,” says ILSCM head, Deon van der Merwe. “Our proactive approach allows us to stay abreast of new developments within the industry and to offer solutions to changing training needs.”
He points out that by continuously developing themselves individuals will improve their skills and contribute to the overall level of professionalism of the industries in which they work. “Their improved skills and competence will, in turn, positively affect levels of delivery while addressing the significant skills crisis experienced in southern Africa,” Van der Merwe continues.
Open Learning Group CEO, Etienne Stiglingh, adds: “Logistics and supply chain skills development is required in any industry utilising supply chain practices – including farming, manufacturing, retailing and mining.”
He points out: “Powered by the Open Learning Group, the ILSCM wants to create opportunities for individuals to gain knowledge, skills and competencies through affordable and accessible solutions, and collectively benefit all stakeholders involved.”
Stiglingh notes: “The adoption of distance learning support tools, such as the interactive whiteboards and online teaching and learning systems, simplifies the journey for the individual and ensures easy access to tutorials, learning material and interaction with fellow students and lecturers.”