Dual cadetships a win for industry: TDT

Dual cadetship programs a win for business and those trying to break into logistics industry, Transport and Distribution Training says

By Ruza Zivkusic | November 23, 2011

Transport and Distribution Training Victoria (TDT) has welcomed the Victorian Transport Association’s (VTA) launch of the Logistics Cadetship program, saying it will benefit the industry which is struggling with skills shortage.

TDT was the first to launch the program in 2008 and will have 50 cadets complete it by the end of next year.

Some 34 companies have participated in the project and there are currently 28 cadets who enrolled in the program this year.

TDT Project Manager Chris McKenzie says the company sees the operation of two programs as a "very positive sign for the transport and logistics industry".

"The TDT board takes the pleasure in seeing the diploma being offered more widely as the intent was to develop a model for use by industry in a broader context," McKenzie says.

"Not only does it offer young people the opportunity to enter the industry through two programs but it also provides businesses with a choice."

The program is back in demand after initially being launched by Kerri Langes five years ago while working at TDT. Langes now works as VTA’s Business Development Manager.

The two programs are very similar. Those who take part and graduate after the first year will receive a Certificate IV in Logistics and will walk away with a Diploma in Logistics, which is recognised nationally and internationally, after the second year.

While the VTA has a partnership with Victoria University, those who chose to complete the program through TDT will study at Kangan Tafe.

"I think it’s a matter of making sure you are promoting your program to the right sources," McKenzie says.

"It’s a matter of contacting schools, working with the Career Education Association of Victoria and making sure that we do a good job of what we’re trying to achieve here and have the students become a successful part of the industry.

"Because there are two programs, that’s two opportunities for young people to enter the industry and the businesses have a choice of a program they’d like to enrol in."

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