Refocusing Supply Chain Education

Supply Chain School, a division of the Logistics Bureau Group will kick off in Sydney this month with a group of 30 students signing up for the two-day intensive course.

The school, based in Parramatta, is being offered as part of the  Logistics Association of Australia’s ‘suite’ of training related services.

Group managing director of Logistics Bureau Group Rob O’Byrne said the school was aimed at people looking for a more practical way to learn about the supply chain management industry.

“I think there was a very clear need whereby people that are in the very early part of their supply chain career could actually connect with those who are headed towards the end of their career so that there can be a knowledge transfer that takes place, “ he told Logistics and Materials Handling.

“It’s really come about from working with so many people businesses in a consulting role over the years and what I find is that while many may have formal education in supply chain and logistics they lack a lot of practical experience.”

The school itself consists of three two-day schools a year and is supplemented by weekly e-classes as well as videos and webinars that continue for 12 months.

O’Byrne said the focus was on ensuring the education process was thorough but not too time-intensive.

“It’s not meant to be time-intensive, the whole program is really focused on how we can get the maximum effective information across in the minimum amount of time,” he explained.

O’Byrne said the school would focus on subjects that could make a difference to how businesses manage their supply chains, with an 80/20 approach to knowledge building.

Different from other training courses, the school will not try to cover everything from A-Z in supply chain management, but rather focus on the critical elements that can make a different to an individuals career and business.

“We’re focusing on the more advanced subjects that can really make a difference to businesses and people’s performance,” he explained.

“In our first school next week we are looking at how to refocus a supply chain strategy so that it delivers results, we are looking at procurement and we are looking at outsourcing.”

“It’s one thing to understand the theory, but then it’s ‘how do I actually apply that theory’? How do I get traction in my business to make improvements?”

With a relaxed learning environment that encourages the sharing of ideas and knowledge, O’Byrne said the school was attracting students who are ‘bright, well-educated….ambitious and at the early start of their careers.”

“It’s about industry leaders and practitioners sharing their knowledge and secrets. Not just me and some of my Logistics Bureau specialists, but well known industry leaders who are making big changes in their businesses right now. External speakers are not invited because of who they are or the title they have, but because of their valuable knowledge and their passion to share that knowledge with the future leaders of our industry.”

While O’Byrne did concede that there had been a lot of popularity for the course among those working directly in the industry, he said many people would benefit from the teachings provided.

“We might get people from sales and marketing, finance, property  management or IT,” he told LMH.

“The ideal target is probably someone in the early part of their career, someone who doesn’t have a great deal of supply chain experience, or indeed maybe people who aren’t working directly in a supply chain role.”

The programme is provided as part of the services offered by the LAA to their members who will be offered a discount to the school.

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