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Cardinal Maritime opens training academy

[ November 3, 2014   //   ]

UK-based NVOCC Cardinal Maritime has opened a training academy to foster talent in the industry. The Cardinal Academy focuses not only on the training and development of its staff but also those of its clients, running regular courses on topics such as Incoterms, either at its head office in Manchester or at its customer’s site in the UK or overseas.

Cardinal is also engaging with outside agencies such as Skills for Logistics in an advisory capacity, by reviewing the new National Occupational Standards for NVQ in International Trade. Its ultimate aim is for the Academy to become a recognised accredited training provider in the logistics sector and has been working closely with Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce to this end.

According to the company, there is a lack of quality, industry-specific training courses for the sector.

Along with staff training, the Cardinal Academy will identify and develop talented individuals. Some ten members of staff have been identified as having potential and are currently preparing to start an ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management) Diploma.

There is also a mentor programme under which experienced staff have the opportunity to share their knowledge of the freight industry with younger members of staff, who also have somebody with whom they can talk to in confidence about career decisions. Cardinal plans to measure the project after 12 months to see what impact it has had on staff morale and motivation.

Cardinal Maritime has to date invested £300,000 in setting up the Cardinal Academy and has committed a further £600,000 for training and development over the next five years.