The need for more support to train humanitarian logistics students has never been greater


Working with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), Logistics Learning Alliance (LLA) is calling for more companies to support the training of humanitarian logistics students after they were inundated with over 500 enquiries for just 41 places it had available through funding from USAID.

USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and support democratic societies. Through its assistance programmes, USAID is involved in large assistance programmes in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Africa, Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

As one of the UK’s leading logistics training companies, LLA works with a number of aid and humanitarian organisations around the world, as well as businesses in a range of industries, to develop best practice logistics skills for international students seeking to progress careers in both the humanitarian and commercial arenas. For further details please visit IntraLogisteX stand 103.

Peter Jones, Managing Director at LLA, commented: “We were very pleased to receive the funding from USAID for the 41 students that have recently started the Fritz Institute/CILT Certification in Humanitarian Logistics and Certification in Humanitarian Medical Logistics Practices programmes with LLA.

“However, with so many applicants, there is obviously a great demand for training courses in this area. Along with USAID, the CILT’s own charitable arm, Aspire, and third party logistics provider “Fair and Easy” have sponsored students through the programmes. Most applicants for the programmes come from the areas affected by humanitarian emergencies or on-going programmes, and in these circumstances the course cost is often beyond their means. They are truly committed to the programmes and often continue their studies in the most adverse of conditions.”

Peter continued: “We would welcome enquiries from more organisations looking to enhance their Corporate Social Responsibility credentials and get involved with part or full sponsorship of individuals or small groups of students.”

The qualification covers the development of specialist technical areas within a humanitarian aid scenario, covering humanitarian aid supply chains, procurement, inventory, warehouse, transport and fleet management together with managing the logistics response to a humanitarian emergency. The Medical Logistics programme highlights the additional responsibilities involved in delivering a medical supply chain.

Both qualifications involve distance studying with the full support of a qualified and experienced LLA tutor, who guides them throughout the programme and assesses each course unit. To achieve the appropriate qualification students submit evidence and coursework that demonstrates a prescribed level of understanding and competence.

The process for granting USAID scholarships was started by the CILT and the Fritz Institute, a non-profit organisation based in America that works in partnership with governments, and corporations around the world to promote the adoption of best practices for rapid and effective disaster response and recovery.

Peter added: “USAID has provisionally agreed further funding for around another 40 scholarships in 2015, together with some backing for updating the course materials but with additional sponsorship many more applicants could be supported.”

For more information about supporting the scholarships or the range of commercial and bespoke training courses available from LLA please contact Peter on stand 103.

About Logistics Learning Alliance

Logistics Learning Alliance (LLA) was founded in 2004 to deliver accredited logistics and supply chain management training to all levels of supervisor or management, in both commercial and humanitarian aid organisations. Clients include Argos, British American Tobacco, Beiersdorf, Brother, CAT Logistics, Fuji Film (UK), Nissan, Superdrug, Tesco and Oxfam.

LLA aims to be the preferred training partner for any organisation wanting to improve the performance of their supply chain through the development of their people, management or specialist skills.

Programmes cover the supply chain from sourcing and procurement, through production planning and inventory management, to warehousing and distribution at all levels, from new entrant to senior management.

LLA is skilled at developing programmes to meet the needs of individual organisations and where specified can work with UK Awarding Organisations to accredit the programme

In addition the company has developed courses to UK awarding organisation standards from levels 2-6, leading to recognised qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport and the Institute of Supply Chain Management.

For training enquiries please contact:

Peter Jones, Managing Director, Logistics Learning Alliance

T: 01530 276590, E: