Logistics and transport assistant

Logistics and transport assistant (National Qualification Number 54 841 11)

INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE

It has been predicted that the increasing importance of the free market and the easy transportation of goods between countries will bring a new golden age for those who work in the logistics sector. It cannot be denied that there are plenty of job vacacies for those who are well-trained in shipping and forwarding, because every business above a certain size relies on the efficient movement of goods. Food supply chain procures and delivers to retailers, mail-order companies deliver products  and steel manufacturers also need the expertise of a logistics assistant both during the purchasing of materials and delivery. We can say that logistics experts are responsible for the movement of goods. Without their work there would be chaos in the economy and businesses would lose a considerable amount of money.

DUTIES OF A LOGISTICS ASSISTANT

Logistics assistants design strategy and they are responsible for creating a shipping rule book which is tailored to the needs of a specific company. They perform their tasks according to the way they were trained to perform them: they minimise the cost and time to move goods and use the best shipping companies and the best workforce available to make sure that shelves in shops are always full or that products reach their destinations on time.

The economic crisis made businesses understand that they have to use their resources as efficiently as possible. Good logistics assistants know how to ship goods in a cost-effective way or what the capacity of a truck is. They understand that today good logistics replaces the former practice of storing valuable goods in warehouses. There is a demand for their work because they can purchase every product in a short time and goods can be delivered. Businesses can quickly react to the needs of the market and there is no need to store goods in warehouses.

WHAT THE COURSE PREPARES FOR

During the course students learn how to communicate effectively with the different departments of multinational companies or how two companies can communicate effectively with each other. If they find employment at a small company, they might even be responsible for customer care and deal with complaints if an item is not delivered.

Students who choose this course will be able to deal with tasks, which come with even more responsibility. It is not a coincidence that this position is so highly regarded at the modern job market. Logistics assistants make it possible for factories and other production units to operate by regularly procuring raw materials. If a restaurant runs out of fresh vegetables, the kitchen has a serious problem. However, if production stops in a factory, the financial loss might be counted in millions. Logistics experts have analytical approach, understand working procedures, and they are able to coordinate a system that their colleagues are parts of but very often do not understand how it works.