South East Technological University (SETU) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Mobility and Supply Chain Skillnet held the first Supply Chain Knowledge Day at SETU’s Kilkenny Road Campus in Carlow. This was the final event of the inaugural Logistics and Supply Chain Skills Week (March 27 – April 1) for Ireland, supported by the Department of Transport and the Logistics and Supply Chain Skills Group (LSCSG). The key aim of the Logistics Week is to promote careers and educational opportunities in the Irish logistics and supply chain sector.
The event highlighted the continuous collaboration between SETU and CILT and allowed students and lecturers of courses, such as the Higher Certificate in Sustainable Supply Chains, Digitalisation and Logistics, to come together with industry people to meet and network in person.
Notably, the event marked the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between representatives from SETU, CILT and CILT Mobility and Supply Chain Skillnet, to signify a commitment to ongoing collaboration in developing and delivering programmes to support the ongoing professionalisation and upskilling of supply chain, logistics, and transport sectors.
President of SETU, Prof. Veronica Campbell, commented: “Our collaboration with CILT in the creation of future-focused supply chain programmes reflects SETU’s ethos and vision. CILT is Ireland’s global professional body working for those in logistics, transport and supply chain and a key collaborative partner with SETU in bringing industry and academia together. This is such an exciting collaboration, and we are delighted to utilise our academic expertise to engage in such partnerships. Looking to the future, we wish to grow this relationship, further signified by the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement.”
Brendan Keating, President of CILT, commented: “I am delighted to see continued collaboration between SETU and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. The aim of the Institute as the only professional membership body for the transport and logistics sector in Ireland is to promote and champion ongoing education and professionalism within the mobility and supply chain industries. It is fantastic to see such talent among the young people, and I am sure they will have successful careers ahead of them in what is a rapidly growing sector.’
Students from across SETU, many studying supply chain courses, attended the event that featured insightful talks from industry leaders. Companies such as PPG, Altix Consulting, Tirlán, PerformSC, and organisations such as South East Regional Skills Forum gave presentations on topics such as operational planning, lean transformation, sustainability in supply chain, global logistics, digitalisation and the circular economy.
Shane Healy, a student on SETU’s Master of Science in Supply Chain Management commented: “The expert talks at the event were very engaging. For those of us wishing to develop our careers in the supply chain sector, the talks gave great food for thought about lean initiatives into the future.”
Aside from the wealth of information talks on offer, attendees had the opportunity to connect with exhibitors from companies such as LIDL, Quality Freight and Berkley Group, to discuss recruitment opportunities within the logistics and supply chain sector.
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Photo Caption: The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between SETU and CILT to signify their ongoing collaboration in developing and delivering programmes to support the ongoing professionalisation and upskilling of supply chain, logistics and transport sectors. Pictured from left to right: James Kearney, CILT Mobility and Supply Chain Skillnet Network Manager; President of SETU, Prof. Veronica Campbell; President of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Ireland (CILT), Brendan Keating; Michael Dolan, Chair of CILT Education Committee; and Dr Joseph Collins, Head of Faculty Business and Humanities.