By Mark Davidson
Logistics and supply chain company DHL has joined forces with Birmingham City University to develop a three-year foundation degree in logistics.
Initially exclusive to DHL supply chain automotive employees, the programme will include eight hours of learning a week as well as coursework and in-class exams.
The company hopes that by 2012 the course will have been extended to not only other DHL departments but also to other logistics firms looking to improve their workforces.
Paul Dyer, UK Managing Director & Global Sector Leader at DHL Automotive, said: “Helping our staff up-skill through a formal qualification programme will directly enhance our workplace skills.
“Our business strategy is to build on our number one market position and having the best qualified staff is fundamental to helping us achieve this.
“Ultimately, a highly skilled and motivated workforce will enhance the relationships we have with our customer base.”
DHL foresees this partnership as the first of many as the firm looks to further expand the education programmes it provides staff.
This is not the first degree of this nature rolled out in the UK, though, as training firm Foundation Degree Forward (FDF) has helped develop a similar course at the University of Northampton.
Supply chain and logistics solutions provider Norbert Dentressangle helped shape the programme and has seen a number of its workforce graduate with diplomas in leadership and management since its launch.