Can the MicroMasters Model Help Address the Supply Chain Skills Shortage Crisis?

Can the MicroMasters Model Help Address the Supply Chain Skills Shortage Crisis?

A World Bank study reaffirms the need for more supply chain talent. MicroMasters is one possible solution.

A study commissioned by the World Bank calls for a substantial increase in logistics training at all levels to address a global shortage of logistics skills. The study also recommends that training programs should be more appealing and effective.

One response to the need for more innovative educational models is the MicroMasters Credential in Supply Chain Management. The foundation course for the program, CTL.SC0x Supply Chain Analytics, has opened for enrollment, and includes a new bulk enrollment option that enables groups of 10 or more employees to take the course.

Khüne Logistics University in Hamburg, Germany, carried out the study for the World Bank. Researchers consulted around 300 experts from companies, governments, educational institutions and professional associations around the world.

The researchers conclude that there are too few well-trained executives in the logistics sector, and a lack of qualified staff at the operational level. One of the reasons for the shortfall is that the skill-set of existing staff is not keeping pace with technical advances in logistics, the researchers maintain. Also, vocational training is often lacking, especially in emerging markets.

The MicroMasters credential series offers a hands-on, master’s level competency training in SCM through five online courses: Supply Chain Analytics (CTL.SC0x), Supply Chain Fundamentals (CTL SC1x), Supply Chain Design (CTL SC2x), Supply Chain Dynamics (CTL.SC3x) and Supply Chain Technology and Systems (CTL.SC4x). Learners who complete and successfully earn a Verified Certificate in all five courses and pass a comprehensive proctored final exam earn the MicroMasters Credential.

CTL.SC0x by itself, is an effective and scalable way to bring graduate-level learning to staff. The course covers industry standard techniques in analysis and modeling, including statistics, regression, optimization and probability. CTL.SC0x lasts 12 weeks and is the best introduction to the entire credential series.

Employees and teams from leading companies and diverse industries use CTL.SC0x to improve their capabilities and upskill. Verified students gain full access to MicroMasters classes and on-line teaching materials as well as supplemental materials only available to verified learners. MicroMasters learners report immediate benefit in their day-to-day work while taking the SCx courses.

“The MicroMasters program helps employees with very specialized skills do their specific job in a more informed manner, because it opens up their eyes to the larger picture of what is going on within the entire supply chain.” says Jes Bengtsson, Head of Planning, SAB Miller Europe.

Over 210,000 unique learners from over 190 countries have enrolled on at least one MicroMasters course and more than 13,000 have invested in verified certificates in at least one course.

To learn how MicroMasters can become a vital part of a company’s education and training programs, and find out about the new bulk enrollment option, contact Dr. Eva Ponce, Executive Director of the MITx MicroMasters in Supply Chain Management.

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