The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) – CILT- is the leading body in the UK representing individuals associated with logistics, supply chains and transport throughout their careers. Its18,000 members are engaged in freight and passenger operations by road, rail, sea and air at every level.
CILT provides a professional qualifications structure which enables its members to demonstrate skills and management qualities accrued from a combination of academic study and practical experience. Membership of CILT is a key indicator of personal commitment and dedication to the chosen transport and logistics sector, and is recognised as such by UK industry. It therefore provides a vital signal to company and industry colleagues, and to potential employers, of the commitment and specialist expertise of the individual.
The Institute offers a range of membership opportunities through from Affiliate to Chartered Fellow, recognises courses and training events which meet its criteria, and itself provides a range of professional development courses leading to appropriate qualification.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the Institute’s programme designed to help members progress throughout their career, offering advice, direction and support. CPD Online is backed by the integrity and authority of the CILT allowing members to plan and manage their own professional development online.
The Training and Development Directory means that whatever the specialist logistics requirement, whether logistics, passenger transport, transport planning or operations management, CILT provides the foundation on which to build a career.
At the same time CILT constitutes a forum for debate and exchange of views and ideas, either via its website and other modes of communication, or face-to-face networking opportunities at over 350 meetings and events held in every part of the country throughout the year. Forty professional sectors and forums allow members to join the debate and network with peers using these informative platforms where their issues and ideas are discussed.
The Institute also provides its members with a number of key services including its famed Knowledge Centre and its unique and world-acknowledged library. The John Williams Library contains access to over 37,000 references. This sector-specific source holds all of the leading specialist publications, trade journals, research papers and industry reports. Members benefit from the knowledge and experience of the dedicated staff to provide transport professionals with personal and expert guidance and advice.
In addition the Knowledge Bank allows members to browse an online mine of information direct to their computer and to keep up-to-date or benchmark projects and ideas. CILT also provides a Careers Service which offers a ‘CV review’ to help members construct the best possible presentation to potential employers, together with Appointments Online, an advanced search facility to help find the right job.
All CILT members receive the Institute’s weekly e-newsletter, the Current Awareness Bulletin (CAB), which delivers the latest industry news and provides the opportunity for members to join the debate on current issues, and updates the latest events nationally. The glossy magazine Logistics and Transport Focus is the exclusive monthly journal which keeps members informed of the latest news, reports, case studies and sector-profile jobs.
The CILT Legal Helpline provides members with personal legal advice or support with immediate, clear and concise guidance from a professional and qualified service which understands member needs.
CILT promotes and encourages best practice academic and on-the-job training and qualifications, and the overall advance of respect for a professional to be proud of. The strength of the organisation springs from the breadth and depth of the expertise of its membership, and CILT members are to be found occupying senior appointments in every branch and discipline of the sector.
Neil Ashworth, Operations & Development Director at Tesco.com is the current Chairman of the CILT and says “I believe that a job in logistics offers the opportunity for an exciting and rewarding career which will provide the satisfaction of achieving very real benefits for our economy and our society. As logisticians we play an absolutely vital role in supplying the nation’s needs and we face the prospect of an expectation that we will, in future, do it ever more economically and efficiently.
“But to do so we need to aspire to professional standards, such as those described by the CILT, and encourage recognition of the achievement of appropriate qualifications as the signal of having met those standards.”
At this year’s Multimodal Show CILT will be providing details of its membership facilities together with the range of study and course facilities available to achieve membership qualifications.
For further details of CILT and its work go to www.ciltuk.org.uk
CILT will be at Stand 102