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Learning to fly – By Walter Glass

Education is often a process of exploration, determination and self-discipline, frequently with no fixed endpoint beyond the next destination set on the flight path. Often the journey itself is the reward. So how do you start learning to fly?

The first step is to find a subject of relevance and interest, and a provider who has a reliable service history. In logistics and supply chain tertiary training and education, the Logistics Training Group (LTG) is the longest-serving private provider in New Zealand. For over 20 years, LTG has been teaching applied qualifications and short courses in logistics and supply chain management-related subjects at first-line, middle and senior management levels.

LTG’s role morphed out of Massey University’s original logistics and supply chain offering, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK’s (CILT UK) internationally recognised Professional Diploma in Logistics and Transport. This led the way to the development of Massey University’s Master of Supply Chain Management, and LTG took over the CILT UK programme which can lead to the Massey master’s.

LTG also offers the associated CILT UK Certificate in Logistics and Transport programme and humanitarian certification in both logistics and supply chain. These CILT UK programmes are comprehensive supply chain qualifications that, despite the limited inference of their name, cover a very broad range of subjects to a significant level of depth – from traditional procurement, warehousing, transport and inventory to more emerging areas such as retail logistics, green supply chains, supply chain network design and planning. All courses are geared toward self-paced distance learning and are done online with personalised contact support as required.

Preparing for flight

LTG has seen hundreds of students over the years; not one of them is sure of what lies ahead of them in the academic darkness, nor where this flight of fancy might take them in the future. 

Embarking on this venture, these new students remind me of the start of the Pink Floyd song ‘Learning to fly’. It’s unclear where this journey will take them and, despite the nerves, there is a feeling that the light of opportunity will dawn in the end:

Into the distance a ribbon of black
Stretched to the point of no turning back
A flight of fancy on a windswept field
Standing alone my senses reeled
A fatal attraction is holding me fast
How can I escape this irresistible grasp?
Can’t keep my eyes from the circling skies
Tongue tied and twisted just an earth bound misfit, I


Gambling on your own ability against potential future benefits is not a decision made lightly, especially if you are not sure where the journey will take you. In many cases, companies will support students and fund their studies. This is especially true for companies who already have past students from the LTG qualifications as they can readily identify the benefits that the knowledge brings to the bottom line. 

As these courses are recognised globally by industry, government bodies, NGOs, humanitarian groups and militaries, so to the opportunities are only limited by what the graduate/student wants to do. 

From LTG’s perspective, the core output of these qualifications is to provide the student with highly valued skills which can lead to better career options. This includes having the freedom to choose how, where, and to what level you want to take your work career, all while keeping a good life balance and achieving growth in personal confidence and wellbeing – all critical aspects for good leadership.


Past graduates of LTG’S CILT UK courses are found in senior management positions in many of New Zealand’s leading logistics, retail and export-related companies, in New Zealand’s defence sector, in health and pharmaceuticals, fuels, power companies, civil construction, agriculture, forestry, food processing, 3PL, ports and all modes of transport. You’ll find our graduates across a myriad of roles and industries, as well as in humanitarian enterprises. 

Offshore you will find LTG graduates in senior management roles in rail and bus, freight forwarding and shipping in Australia, warehousing and distribution in Dubai, communications in Qatar, construction in the UK, electrical systems in Singapore, shipping in the EU, and there is a state manager for a very large logistics provider in the USA. These graduates are some of hundreds who now have the choice to take their careers where they choose, and the gender split is pretty even.

LTG is extremely pleased to have its graduates and students begin their flight and we would like to help many more. Feel free to make a booking and take your own flight.

Dr Walter Glass is the course director for the Logistics Training Group; for further information, visit www.ltg.co.nz

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