Logistics Learning Alliance (LLA), the UK logistics and supply chain management training company, has introduced a new humanitarian essential logistics module (HELM) for new entrants into the sector.
Building on LLA's experience in delivering the Humanitarian Certification in Humanitarian Logistics, the flagship programme for logisticians working for all humanitarian aid agencies, this introductory level course covers all main aspects of a humanitarian logistics operation. It provides an initial guide on the key subject areas – including humanitarian supply chains, warehousing and stock management.
In line with all LLA's distance learning courses the process involves continuous assessment, without the need to take written examinations. Students are able to study the HELM course at their own pace and have the full support of a qualified tutor, who acts as a mentor. There is also the option to take the course as a three-day classroom based programme, followed by a separate one-day assessment.
The course is practically based and will give examples of how real life humanitarian logistics operations work. As well as providing a vital introduction to the subject, it could form part of an induction programme for personnel working locally or for those with limited experience in the logistics sector that are going to be employed in a warehouse environment.
HELM covers the role of logistics and supply chain in humanitarian aid, organisation and operation of warehousing, procedures for medical items – including chilled distribution, warehouse layout and activities, stock control, equipment and maintenance, health and safety together with warehouse security.
"HELM is a designed to meet a need for training humanitarian logisticians at the point of entry," commented Peter Jones, managing director at LLA. "It provides an introduction to different elements of the role enabling students/participants to make a valuable contribution to humanitarian relief operations from the outset. For those that need further development opportunities, we see these programmes as a stepping stone towards full Humanitarian Logistics Certification – the start of a progressive route of professional development for this vital sector."