The BVL Seminars unit and the German Foreign Trade and Commerce Academy (DAV) offer hands-on qualification courses and play an important role in underpinning quality assurance in the logistics field.
BVL Seminars specialises in further and advanced training in the area of logistics, customs and foreign trade. The curriculum covers all the core fields of logistics – from supply chain management, logistics controlling and warehouse management through to the all-important soft skills. BVL Seminars regularly extends and revises its programme of courses in close cooperation with experienced logistics practitioners and companies.
2018 saw the launch of the BVL “eTrainings”, webinars lasting 60 minutes. These formats address issues of practical relevance in the area of logistics and customs clearance, and provide participants with recommendations for action and problem-solving ideas. The fee-based eTrainings are designed to supplement the face-to-face events. Four such training courses have been offered to date, and the most recent eTraining module was "attended" by 25 participants. The programme of BVL Seminars now also comprises two new courses leading to final certificates. The course for "Logistics Managers in Trade and Consumer Goods" has three modules and was launched in 2018; the "Industry Logistics Managers" course also comprises three modules. The content and organisational details have already been planned, and the course will be held in the first quarter of 2019 for the first time.
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The revamped Compact Study Course in Logistics ("KSL") was also launched in 2018. Already part of the programme for 30 years now, the KSL is BVL's highly respected further training course for future management personnel in the logistics field. In the revised format, the KSL now only has 22 face-to-face days, which participants attend alongside their normal day jobs. In a total of six compulsory modules, the KSL imparts the specialised and leadership skills needed to take on management responsibility. Three compulsory electives that participants choose to suit their specific requirements ensure that the focus of the course is also personalised. The centrepiece of the course is the practical project chosen by participants from their personal work environment, providing them with the opportunity to put their newly acquired skills to the test. Participants can enrol in the KSL at any time, and graduates receive the certificate "Certified Logistics Manager (BVL)“.
The German Foreign Trade and Commerce Academy (DAV) has been offering further training and development programmes tailored to the needs of the logistics sector since 1960 – and more than 6,000 logistics managers have since graduated from the Academy and gone on to make their mark in industry as specialists and management personnel. 2018 saw the first crop of graduates with the dual degree of State Approved Business Manager and Bachelor of Science.
The dual degree is made possible by a cooperation agreement with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) signed in 2017 for DAV's degree programme in International Logistics Management. The modular apprenticeship system in the UK permits the integration of different qualifications on different learning levels leading to an academic title. This means DAV students can transfer their “achievement credits” – completed apprenticeship, initial job experience and the qualifications obtained at DAV – to the LJMU programme in “International Logistics and Supply Chain Management”. LJMU intends to expand its cooperation with DAV through such things as joint trips by students from both establishments and collaboration between lecturers.
Thanks to the well-established contacts of DAV with partners in other countries, the BVL Campus in Bremen regularly serves as a truly international meeting place. It was, for example, the venue for the German final of the Global Student Challenge of the business simulation game “The Fresh Connection” in mid-February. A total of 65 Bachelor and Master students from 14 universities took part in the competition. The 17 teams vying for victory included two teams from DAV who finished fourth and ninth – underlining the competitiveness of the DAV teaching concept.