Logistics companies train their future staff among students

Jul 2, 2019 Finance

Logistics companies train their future staff among students

Large companies benefit from cooperation with the academic community. Such an exchange creates an opportunity to develop unconventional solutions and attract reliable employees – believes FM Logistic, which has established cooperation with universities and initiated a series of workshops for management students. The other side also benefits – students have greater access to practical knowledge. Such initiatives are therefore becoming more and more popular.
– Cooperation with the scientific community means access to knowledge and facilities, the possibility to conduct joint experiments, test new products and exchange knowledge, which is very important. As we are focused on our work on a daily basis, thanks to external cooperation we gain a fresh perspective and broaden our perspective.
The logistics concern, whose annual turnover exceeds EUR 1 billion, opens up to cooperation with universities and the academic community. The company has just announced the second edition of the “Faster Mind Challenge” competition for students and graduates. As part of the competence improvement programme, the company invited management students to its headquarters for six-day workshops aimed at working out changes in the processes implemented by the company.
– During the workshops, together with research workers and students, we work on the optimization of our processes, we solve problems together. We would like to cooperate with students in the long term, so that they can see in practice what the work of logistics is like, which they have chosen as a direction for the future. We show them the whole process, not only what it looks like in folders, but also the problems we encounter every day. They, coming from outside, can help us to find solutions that do not come to our minds every day.
During the workshops, FM Logistic acquaints students with the company and the problems it encounters in its current operations. On the last day, their task is to present their proposals for improvements and ways to solve problems encountered during the implementation of individual services. During the whole workshop, students cooperate with twenty internal employees of the company, including representatives of the company’s management, warehouse, copacking and HR.
– They present us with the whole range of activities, starting from accepting orders in the warehouse, going through such processes as copacking, ending with editions. Moreover, they show what they work on in their current activity, what improvements and modern technologies they introduce. Strong emphasis is put on the concept of lean management and lean production. This is a practicalisation of knowledge, because logistics – like any other science – cannot function in isolation from practice. Therefore, cooperation with business is very helpful in achieving educational goals.
For a logistics concern, present in 13 European countries, cooperation with students and the academic community is a chance to confront its solutions and acquire ideas “out of the box”. Students, in turn, have the opportunity to gain new experiences and contacts and collision their knowledge with the practice of a modern company. For both parties it is also a chance for recruitment and employment.
– In a sense, this form of cooperation is an extended recruitment process. Students have the opportunity to get to know the company thoroughly, learn about employment opportunities. They know which employers they will apply to. This is no longer a blind choice. In turn, we get to know students, plan internships and other forms of cooperation. We assume that the workshops are just the beginning of it.
– Universities more and more often try to meet the needs of business. On the other hand, business indicates competences and fields of study in which students should be educated and must use in practice what has been developed by science.
The aim of the “Faster Mind Challenge” competition is to propose the best, innovative solutions that can create added value for the company’s customers. Teams of 2-3 students can submit their proposals by 2 April this year. The most creative will be the invitations to the June finale, during which the jury will select and award four winning teams.