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The Logistics Management industry has been through an interesting past few years with global rise in costs affecting the industry by and large.  Such costs relating to warehousing and transportation of goods have been directly affected by the rise in fuel, increased real estate pricing, etcetera.

The logistics management industry is therefore regularly challenged by changing global factors, but the industry also hosts opportunities to those wanting to follow or expand a career in Logistics Management.  The industry has a shortage of skills and appropriate talent with which to effectively manage pressures such as the introduction of environmental friendly policies and procedures as well as quality management.

Providing aspirant logisticians with a special set of skills including practical skills in the acquisition, interpretation and understanding of the logistics management principles is therefore necessary so as to bridge the skills gap existing in the industry.  It is important for logisticians to have insight into micro- and macro-economic environments within which logistics companies function.

The Open Learning Group will be offering a National Certificate in Logistics Management, NQF Level 5, i

n June 2010.  During this programme, learners will participate in teamwork activities, in unpredictable contexts, with various role players which will include professional and administrative contexts.  The aim will be to enable learners to demonstrate sensitivity to different communities as well as for social and cultural differences and needs with respect to the distribution of goods within the communities.  Upon completion of the programme, learners will be enabled to understand the role of logistics within the larger business context.  Learners will also understand the functions which logisticians have available to fulfill their duties as well as the procedures and techniques available for effective problem solving.

The programme will consist of modules including Business Communication, Computer Literacy; Business Management; Logistics Management; Transport Economics; Financial Management and a choice of either Supply Chain Management, Purchasing Management or Marketing Management.

Learners need Grade 12 with English as a subject to qualify for admission.  On completion of this National Certificate in Logistics Management, they will be able to move to programmes offered by other institutions, including a National Diploma in Logistics Management; a B Com Degree in Logistics Management or a Diploma in Managerial Development.

Interested parties can contact OLG Programme Coordinator, Wynand Miller on (011) 670 4748 or on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
OLG is a member of the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport (CILTSA) and supports CILTSA and the logistics and transport industry in their efforts to promote professionalism and lifelong learning