Accessing training funds will get you on the Government’s radar

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Act now to showcase your organisation’s growth by accessing training funds and you will get onto the Federal Government’s radar for potential future funding.

This was the compelling advice given to our supply chain community this week during an exclusive apicsAU Thought Leader Series podcast interview with an Industry Skills Fund Adviser.

The topic of our podcast addresses accessing funding for training to fill skills gaps in supply chain and logistics but the message was clear: no matter the size or industry, your organisation will benefit if you apply for the funding, if nothing else but to “get onto their books” now.

The Industry Skills Fund, provided by the Department of Education & Training is a key element of the Australian Government’s strategy to boost business productivity and increase competitiveness across the economy. Companies can be reimbursed for their training costs by up to 75 cents in the dollar, depending on their organisation’s headcount or location, if evidence of a growth phase and technical skills gaps are identified and proven.

Our Corporate Partners have access to our free competency model which outlines skills required for each supply chain, procurement and logistics role, helping identify gaps.

And a highly skilled workforce that is able to adapt to rapid technological and structural change and to meet new business opportunities is a priority for Australia.

The podcast is a must-download for any business as a first step in the process of accessing this funding. Help is provided (skills advice and training grants) particularly to micro and small business, so they can continue to power the engine room of the Australian economy.

If you are looking to upskill and train employees to meet the future challenges, there is an upcoming Symposium, Navigating Your Supply Chain into the Future,  which is a must-attend one day event in Melbourne on 19 October and Perth on 24 November 2016.

apicsAU is at the forefront of changes for your supply chain. We are a premier non-profit, professional membership community providing leadership and innovation, education and training and professional development for the Australian supply chain, procurement and logistics community. apicsAU membership includes corporate partnerships and individual memberships.

APICS short courses, certifications and endorsements provide a specific solution to filling skills gaps in the supply chain.

The Government website for the Industry Skills Fund provides the first step in the application process. Now, over to you!

 

 

 

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The world through a different lens

 

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As supply chain professionals, we see the world through a different lens. We delight more than others when our products and services are delivered on time or when the quality of the products and services meets our expectations. So when supply chains let us down, we feel very passionate about it.

This week’s Government meetings regarding Murray Goulburn pull at our heart strings. Do we buy the $2 milk or boycott it? Our thoughts go out to the supply chain professionals in the dairy industry and every supplier caught in the industry’s current situation. If you missed the Four Corner’s episode Milked Dry on Monday night, it offers a very balanced view of the industry’s current state of play.

As supply chain professionals, we are also acutely aware of the rules of business. So we do our best at solving very complex problems to uphold integrity. APICS has release a great three-minute video Raising the bar on supply chain management which captures our profession. It gives us a sense of pride and belonging.

The global supply chain industry is undergoing one of the largest changes in apicsAU’s 53 years in the industry. apicsAU has been working closely with APICS and its global Channel Partners to address these changes and determine how they affect the future career development needs of the supply chain professional.

If you review the APICS competency models for supply chain roles, every one of our roles requires higher order problem solving, planning and organisation, decision making and analytical thinking. As we move through change, these qualities will be much needed.

Here are five elements to a future-proof and supportive professional industry membership in supply chain:

  1. Global perspective

A global supply chain requires membership to a global professional body. It is our responsibility to apicsAU members to deliver a global outlook on their professional career in supply chain. Connecting our members with APICS will allow us to provide a truly international professional membership.

  1. Innovation

The global supply chain industry is undergoing one of the largest changes and yet locally, we’ve seen our manufacturing industry contracting, with the associated loss of jobs. The Government has made several announcements recently about the future of employment in our country and the fact that innovation will be an integral component to jobs in Australia.

apicsAU’s Supply Chain Innovation Report will keep members up to date on innovation and how to approach disruption. It’s close to completion.

apicsAU is working closely with Australian Industry Group to better understand the Industry Skills Fund and how employers can up skill their supply chain teams in a growth phase. If you would like more information about how the Industry Skills Fund applies to your business, please refer to our resource section. Look out for our podcast on the topic.

  1. Continual learning

Professional learning is about having access to resources, especially for those of you who are unable to attend our keynote presentations and site visits due to remote location or timing. We are planning a comprehensive calendar of local webinars, podcasts, whitepapers and reports to assist in your professional development.

We’ve launched a recording studio in our National Office to develop the apicsAU Thought Leader Series of podcasts. Download them to your preferred pod catcher today.

Come along to apicsAU’s Regional Symposiums commencing this month to explore seven vital elements to Navigating your supply chain into the future.

  1. Flexible learning offerings

The next generation learner requires a flexible and vibrant delivery of programs. At apicsAU we want to ensure that we appeal to young members and can incorporate the APICS material in such as way that engages with their learning style.

We are introducing block classes and Saturday classes for certification modules, site visits combined with keynote presentations, Closed Facebook groups for alumni and students, exam apps, Q&A forums and special interest groups all in the effort to deliver a learning format to suit differing needs.

  1. Career development

We are excited to announce a Career Portal which will allow you to look for jobs in the supply chain industry from your member portal. You will be able to post your own profile when you are looking for employment and employers will be able to post job ads amongst our 10,000+ community. Recruitment partners will also post jobs and are committed to offering valuable employment market insight, career advice and talent acquisition counsel to members.

Become an apicsAU member today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a supply chain story to tell?

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We know that it’s not in your DNA to seek the limelight. However, supply chain management is rising in popularity as leading companies lean on supply chain attributes to position, promote and differentiate products, services and brands.

According to a recent article from APICS, “The CMO and the supply chain,” supply chain performance is a big deal, a big differentiator, and a game changer that can dictate the difference between generations of locked-in loyal customers and lost customers for life.

The article says that to the visionary CMO, the supply chain doesn’t run in the background. The supply chain is part of the story. It is part of the customer experience and an ingredient in the brand promise. It’s become a visible component in the marketing mix.

So, what does this mean for you? All of a sudden, you have the opportunity to tell a story. To make a difference. Now’s your chance!

Whilst this may sound a little daunting, there are ways and means to slowly build your confidence in public speaking and commence telling your story.  As a member of the professional supply chain community, apicsAU welcomes your story via its regular podcast channel, blog, symposiums, networking events and member profile opportunities.

Or, for those well versed in story telling, there’s apicsAU’s major conference – SMART.

Right on top of the issues facing supply chain professionals in Australia, the SMART 2017 conference theme will radically re-position delegates’ sentiment regarding the future of the supply chain industry in Australia.

The conference, to be held in the brand new International Convention Centre in Sydney on 29/30 March 2017, will provide a conference program “from the industry, for the industry.” We’re now calling for papers.

Five tips to securing a speaker slot at SMART

1. Review the SMART Conference theme and streams The theme for SMART 2017 – Innovation, productivity & performance in an age of disruption – is a narrative we’re hearing amongst leading industry thought leaders. Research the topic online and review how your organisation adds value to the theme. What is your story? How does it make a difference in the current market? What can others learn from you?

For the first time in the history of SMART, the streams represent the complete scope of the supply chain domain:

1. Manufacturing & Operations

2. Transport & Logistics

3. Supply Chain Strategy

4. Procurement & Purchasing

5. Systems and Technology

Continuous improvement and Lean will be consistent topics throughout these streams.

2. Review past Conference programs to see the calibre of speakers You will notice that the titles of speakers are generally middle management level or above. There are a mixture of local and international speakers. Do not limit yourself to just one speaker submission! Think about a number of angles to your story and what’s already been covered. Past Conference programs are available on request.

3. Update your biography and include keywords from the conference theme You will need to spend some time updating your biography to include latest achievements. Add keywords in relation to the conference theme. List any papers or presentations you’ve presented recently including any feedback received from audiences.

4. Update your online presence LinkedIn, Twitter and blog posts will be key reference checks conducted by the SMART conference organiser. Ensure your speaker’s online social footprint reflects the biography you submit.

5. Get in early! Lastly, get in early with your submission to ensure that you gain the best possible opportunity to secured a spot for SMART 2017. Download the Speaker submission form or email us today to get involved in telling your story to our community.

Note, a speaker spot is at the discretion of the SMART Conference Program Director.

 

Why the supply chain needs mental toughness

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Mental toughness will be a common topic at the Olympic Games this week.

Mental toughness is a personality trait which is emerging as the key to understanding how people respond to and perform under stress, pressure and challenge. Mental toughness explains up to 25% in the variation of an individual’s performance.  It is also a significant factor in individual and team well-being.

In our volatile uncertain complex and ambiguous world of supply chain management, mental toughness is becoming a key requirement and competitive advantage to effectively handle the pressures of:

  • Customer demands, in Australia major retailers require up to 98.5% service
  • Supply chain complexity through outsourcing, mergers and acquisitions
  • Industry consolidation and dealing with multiple cultures and behaviours
  • Shortening life cycles as innovation is needed to make a point of difference
  • Growing product portfolio’s, with a growing almost unmanageable tail
  • Cross functional communication and issue resolution

Mentally tough individuals and teams look forward to challenges, stay confident and focused on their tasks and deal positively with setbacks to deliver on their commitments, whilst keeping their emotions in check. Mentally tough individuals bring their ‘A’ game to work every day and learn from their mistakes.

Mental toughness can now be measured on individual and team level. Professor Peter Clough developed the MTQ48, the world’s first valid and reliable psychometric questionnaire for mental toughness. Clough is chair in Applied Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University and a world-leading academic in applied psychology. The on-line 48 question survey is easy and take less than 10 minutes to complete.

Mental toughness in your supply chain team

Can mental toughness be developed in your supply chain team? You need four steps:

  1. Increase your understanding of the concept of mental toughness. Learn the definition, its history and its application
  2. Understand your mental toughness and your individual strengths and team improvement opportunities
  3. Understand tools and techniques to improve mental toughness and learn what the mentally tough do in real life situation
  4. Aspire to become more mentally tough, set goals to improve, use the tools and techniques, change your habits and hold yourself accountable, or use a coach to do so

Niels Van Hove

Niels Van Hove is a guest blogger for apicsAU and is founder of Truebridges. Niels has 18 years’ international supply chain experience and is an AQR accredited master trainer in Mental Toughness. He is presenting at apicsAU’s Regional Symposium “Navigating your supply chain into the future” in Melbourne on 19 October 2016. This is a unique opportunity for supply chain leaders to address seven key elements affecting their supply chains: strategy; standards; technology, leadership, workplace culture; HR legislation; and careers. Group discounts available and early bird discounts available until 30 September, 2016. Register now.