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Level V Courses: International Diploma in Logistics and Transport (4 courses)

Who should take Level V Courses? The Level 5 International Diploma is designed for professionals already working within logistics and transport sectors. It is most suited to those who are aspiring to middle management or higher positions in specialist functional areas, such as supply chain management, transport planning or transport operations. The Diploma is also suitable for graduates from other disciplines who are entering the sector for the first time, especially as part of a management development program. Having a firm grasp of the influence your teams have across the business and your role as a leader, are crucial aspect of your career progression.

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Management in Logistics and Transport - The role of management can be a very diverse and multi-disciplined practice that requires talented individuals to analyze, control and manage a multitude of operations and departments. 

A range of management skills is required – whether course participants are working in a large international organization or as a sole trader managing their own workload, diary and commercial aspects. In either arena, the art of the manager is to ensure maximum return on the operation from efficiency to finances. 

This core course presents the fundamental management knowledge required of managers in logistics and the transport industry.  It covers aspects of the internal and external structures of an organization, the governance of the staff within the organization and those financial and planning techniques necessary to sustain organizational health.  It aims to deliver the understanding and competence of those key elements of management practice that are fundamental to both commercial and non-commercial organizations. (required)

Supply Chain Management - The aim of this course is to introduce the main principles, concepts and practices of supply chain management. The content of the course covers four main themes.  These are: what is a supply chain and supply chain planning, why it is important in any business, how the supply chain operates and the principles for supply chain improvement. Where appropriate, the global/regional nature of the supply chain will be emphasized. (required)

Sourcing and Procurement -

This course presents the fundamental sourcing and procurement management knowledge for managers involved in logistics activities.  It covers the entire role and strategy of sourcing and the procurement processes that follow.  The course addresses the integration of these processes within the overall corporate strategy and covers the measurement and use of performance and financial controls that aid efficient and effective supplier management.  The course is relevant to those working in logistics and those involved in or interested in gaining a basic understanding of the sourcing and procurement processes.

Project Management - The aim of this course is to provide candidates with the knowledge required to assess feasibility, design, plan, implement, undertake, manage, record and make final assessment of projects carried out in a controlled environment.  This course deals with projects and the elements of project management.  This course is relevant for anyone working in or interested in managing change using a proven project management methodology that is aimed at ensuring controlled performance and bringing about whatever improvements have been identified as required by the logistics or supply chain business or organization seeking to make change, whether on a strategic, operational or tactical level.  It will also provide those directly engaged in supply chain management, or some element of logistics, whether on a national, regional or international basis, with an understanding of how project management may be used to bring about business improvement for the benefit of the organization, company and all stakeholders involved, including customers. Course Content:

Element 1: Project Structure, Processes, Organization and Programmed

Element 2: Project Start-Up, Initiation, Planning, Stages and Stage Planning

Element 3: Project Direction, Control, Stage Control, Stage Boundaries and Risk Management

Element 4: Project Change Control, Configuration, Product Delivery, Quality, Project Closure

Production Planning - This course provides the fundamental knowledge required by managers in the logistics business sector involved in the flow of materials through a production process.  It covers production planning as part of the logistics system and how production planning fits into a company’s supply chain strategy. The course views the logistics of production planning processes in terms of the creation of value to the customers, delivering sustainable competitive advantage and minimizing waste. This course is relevant for anyone working in logistics in a manufacturing environment and for those with an interest in this sector.

International Business - The aim of this course is to provide participants with the knowledge required to plan, implement and manage the global supply/flow of materials from their source to the end user within the overall framework of an organization’s supply chain and business strategy.  The course deals with the complex issues of the identification and management of risk inherent in an international supply chain and how government trade policies/promotion and inter-governmental regulation impact on international business practice.  The key issues involved in developing a global logistics strategy and delivering the competence necessary to implement and manage a global logistics operation is addressed.  The course is relevant for anyone working in or interested in international business or international supply chain management.  It will also provide those directly engaged in international physical distribution with an understanding of the broader commercial and financial issues affecting the organization’s international business. Course Content:

Element 1: The International Business Environment

Element 2: Developing a Global Logistics Strategy

Element 3: Global Logistics Operations and Facilities

Element 4: International Commerce

Movement of Goods - This course provides the underlying knowledge for the movement of goods in a national, regional and international context.  It addresses the responses of the transport operator to the characteristics of goods and places the latter movements in the context of the total logistics concept.  Choice of mode, vehicle and route is integral and the external and internal issues relating to model infrastructures are featured.  A further key element is the location of infrastructure, and the operation of interchanges together with their supporting information links. 

Supply Chain Flow Planning - The aim of this course is to cover the main principles, concepts and practices of planning supply chain material flows.  The course deals with the issues of identifying the demand for products and then balancing this with the appropriate supply.  The key issues involved with determining the level of demand is addressed.  Aspects of supply planning are then explored highlighting the need for different strategies for different products.  The use of inventory to balance the flows between supply and demand is then covered.  The course is relevant for anyone involved with or interested in the planning of supply chain flows.  It will also provide those directly engaged in the supply chain with an understanding of the broader commercial issues affecting supply chain activity. Course Content:

Supply Chain Network Planning - The aim of this course is to provide participants with the knowledge to plan, implement and manage a supply chain network in which products flow from their source to the end user. The course deals with the complex issues of identifying the network requirements for different types of facilities based upon cost and service criteria. The key issues involved with locating facilities and then planning the resources required to operate them are also addressed.  Acquisition options are also explored with emphasis on selecting and managing third party contractors (3 PL’s). This course is relevant for anyone involved with or interested in the design of supply chain networks. It will also provide those directly engaged in the supply chain with an understanding of the broader commercial issues affecting supply chain design.