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Novus: Logistics BSc course will guarantee job at completion

A major new initiative designed to attract, encourage and increase the numbers of talented young personnel joining the logistics sector will guarantee a graduate job after the completion of a four year course.

The Novus is an initiative produced by BiS Henderson and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in sponsorship and collaboration with the Lloyd Fraser Group, Premier Foods, Unipart Logistics, the University of Huddersfield and Wincanton.The scheme, jointly launched in February by the University of Huddersfield and the Novus, will result in a BSc degree in Supply Chain and Logistics, and will feature mentoring throughout the course, holiday work at the end of the first year, industry placements in the third year, and a guaranteed graduate job on completion after meeting the qualifying criteria, of a satisfactory placement report, a satisfactory academic report and the minimum achievement of a 2:1 degree.

The course covers supply chain management, finance, statistics, organisational structure and methods, sociology and psychology, transport network design, warehouse design, inventory management supply chain IT, and HR management. 


Left to right: University of Huddersfield's David Leach, Senior Lecturer, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, is pictured with fellow colleagues Dr Nick Hubbard, Head for Division of Logistics, Transport & Tourism and Associate Dean of The Business School Professor Colin Bamford alongside:

Andy Kaye, CEO, BiS Henderson

Neil McConchie, Managing Director, Lloyd Fraser

Chris Chaplin, Implementation Director, M&S

Steve Agg, former CEO of Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport


Former CEO of CILT said “We are delighted to give both our support and our administrative experience to the Novus. It is vital for the success of the UK as a whole that the best students consider a career in supply chain, logistics and transport. All too often young people choosing a degree are unaware of our profession or what it has to offer; but with a guaranteed job at the end of the course for those who graduate, our profile is set to rise swiftly.” 

CILT says that the scheme is set to be led by industry for industry, and is intended to fill a chronic skills gap – the logistics industry has experienced a regrettable shortage of sufficient graduate recruitment for many years and existing programmes are not presently supplying sufficient numbers of talented individuals. David Leach, from the University of Huddersfield, says “The demand for our graduates has always outstripped the supply of young people choosing to study the subject. The Novus scheme is a great way for industry and the university sector to work together to encourage more talented people in to the industry.” 
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