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Logistics Conversation - Students News - Kangan

Kangan Institute's Diploma of Logistics cadets brought together industry professionals for the 'Logistics Conversation Event: Facing the Challenges of Changes and Increased Demand over the Next Decade'. The evening provided a great opportunity for the students and industry professionals alike, to learn from leaders in sea port operations. This was an opportunity for Kangan Institute to further engage with industry in this field. The event was held at the Department of Transport building and was jointly sponsored by Kangan Institute and the Chartered Industry for Logistics and Transport Australia (CILTA). Speakers discussed the strategic challenges of implementing infrastructural and regulatory change in sea port operation along the eastern seaboard of Australia, whilst these ports are already operating at near maximum capacities. The ongoing development in sea port logistics will have substantial ramification for the Australian logistics industry. Industry speakers were expertly introduced to the audience by Kangan Institute logistics cadet, Matthew Noonan who delivered the introductions with poise and emphasis. Key speakers were: Mr Brian Wilson: General manager communications for the Port of Melbourne Corporation Mr Jeff Porter: Project director (productivity and safety reform) at the National Transport Commission Mr John Austen: General manager of policy for Infrastructure Australia Mr Ian Burns: Kangan Institute logistics education program coordinator The lively discussion revolved around the expected growth of the industry and the development needed for Melbourne's docks and maritime logistics community to meet the challenges of forecast increases in future demand. Over 60 industry professionals attended the event, representing such companies as Shell (John McCluskey), University of Melbourne (Professor Kim Hassall), Cameron Group (Joanne Drummond), Toll Group (Tina Amore) and many others. Organising the event provided a valuable real life experience for the students. Ian Burns wanted to give his students an opportunity for logistics consultation at a professional level and to give them an experience not possible to replicate in the class room. "It is important to give the students an opportunity to develop academically and professionally as well" said Ian. "These young students are entering a professional career and it is important to prepare them for this by engaging with industry at every opportunity". For more information on the Diploma of Logistics click here.

 

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