Students warm to transport and logistics

Victoria University sees massive increase in the number of student studying transport and logsitics

By Ruza Zivkusic | December 17, 2010

Victoria University (VU) in Melbourne has seen an increase in the number of student studying transport and logistics.

As thousands of students received their VCE results this week, the unviersity says enrolments in the Master of Business Global Logistics and Transport course has grown from 46 enrolments in 2006 to 112 this year, an increase of 143 percent.

The course prepares graduates to work in supply chain management and informs them about regulations relevant to global logistics and transport.
Sunshine’s Stephen Kiparoglou, who transferred from electrical engineering to logistics management, now studies for an associate degree in logistics at VU.

"I didn’t like electrical engineering before, as soon as I transferred to the logistics course I just found it was my area," Kiparoglou says.

"We all have to make careers in our lives and find jobs and I just feel this is the right way for me.

"I’ve worked in many warehouses but I want to get to a management position so I need to study to further my knowledge and this degree would benefit me," he adds.

Melbourne University’s post-compulsory education and training professor Richard Teese encouraged the transport industry to work well with schools to inform students of career options.

"We need to ask students if they’re aware of the major opportunities and career opening in the industry and how active is that communication," Teese says.

"It’s extremely important that as an industry you communicate well with schools so that careers teachers understand what you have available."

The number of people employed full time in the transport, postal and warehousing sector is up by 0.3 percent since February.

Up to 59,000 people have found a job in the industry according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

There are 179,000 people employed full-time in road transport and 40,000 work part-time, with 188,000 being male and 31,000 female.

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