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15 May 2020

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We have over the last two months being adjusting to the “new normal” that is life under the cloud of COVID-19.   I want to take this opportunity to update you on how the institute is operating in these unprecedented times.  Our key focus is on ensuring the safety of staff, partners and customers and as always, we remain committed to our learners and members with our high level of customer service.

Our office

Our office remains closed and our staff are working from home. Fortunately, we have always operated a flexible working policy so all of the necessary processes and technologies are already in place for us to be able to do this effectively.  On our website is a list of email contacts for each department, these are continually monitored.

Our courses

Higher Certificate in Business, Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Due to the cloud-based nature of our key systems, The Higher Certificate in Business, Logistics and Supply Chain Management worked virtual classrooms until the end of the academic year.  Looking forward to September when we recommence classes, plans are in place that should the need arise we can commence with online classes on 12 Sept 2020, it is hoped that this will not be necessary.

ADR & DGSA Exams

All scheduled ADR Exams have been cancelled until further notice.  As previously stated, our key focus is on ensuring the safety of staff, partners, and customers.  This is our guiding principal in relation to all our examinations.  Once it is safe to commence examinations, we will.  We are working with our examination centres to ensure that when it is safe to recommence examinations that we will be in a position to examine all those who need these examinations.

TM CPC Exams

All scheduled TM CPC Exams have been cancelled until further notice.

CILT Skillnet

CILT Skillnet continues to deliver many of its training programmes, transitioning a number of courses from in-class delivery to live online delivery. Over the last 12 months CILT Skillnet has looked more towards the online delivery of training. COVID 19 has accelerated this development and CILT Skillnet will soon launch a new eLearning platform with high-quality training programmes accessible 24/7.

Details of the current CILT Skillnet offerings are to be found here https://www.ciltskillnet.ie/

Our key remit, to promote professionalism and enhance standards in logistics, transport and supply chain sector through the provision of education and services, stays resolute, we will continue as logisticians to adapt to prevailing condition in order to maintain our operations.   

My very best wishes to you and your families at this difficult time.

If you have any queries at all, please don't hesitate to contact the Institute by email at info@cilt.ie 

Many thanks,

Mick Curran 

CILT CEO 

 

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SEAI’s Energy Academy Helps Businesses Cut Energy Costs

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has launched a free online training resource to help businesses reduce their energy costs. The SEAI Energy Academy can help to lower energy bills by as much as 10%, potentially even more, by educating businesses and employees on changing energy use behaviours and effective energy management. With the increasing societal focus on climate change, and the launch of the Government’s Climate Action Plan last year, many businesses are seeking to play their part in reducing their climate impact. The SEAI Energy Academy is an ideal starting point and allows employees to upskill on energy efficiency and avail of tailored online training that can lead to important business cost savings.

Commenting on the launch of the SEAI Energy Academy, William Walsh, CEO of SEAI said:

“We realise that businesses are facing very significant challenges right now with many looking for opportunities to reduce their cost base. Reducing energy use can be a great place to start. SEAI is here to help businesses on their energy efficiency journey, helping them identify energy saving opportunities and to implement  those changes. We planned the SEAI Energy Academy as an online resource so it is available to all businesses when and where suits them best. This might be additionally beneficial for those businesses currently working from home or who are planning for the resumption of normal activities, hopefully in the not too distant future.”

The SEAI Energy Academy offers practical step-by-step energy training tailored to specific business needs. The online modules and courses are quick and easy to complete and cover topics such asEnergy and Climate Change; Business Energy Efficiency; Lighting; Heating; Refrigeration; Electric Vehicles; Electricity Bill Analysis; Behavioural Change; and Home Energy Efficiency. Further modules are planned for the SEAI Energy Academy which will make it a vital business energy resource into the future, and will be added throughout the year

On completing a course, learners will receive a Certificate of Completion from SEAI which demonstrates a company’s commitment to educating staff about energy. These courses are also a great way of engaging, upskilling and retaining staff.  

The SEAI Energy Academy is now available on www.seai.ie/energyacademy

 

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When Should You Solve, Train And Delegate as a Leader

A new leader faces this dilemma often. “Should I do the task myself, train my team, or delegate it?” I am sure you have encountered the same puzzle before. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. The problem is more common than you think.

When I started my first venture, I wanted to do everything myself.

If a task was too hard, I feared to assign it to a team member. “What if they mess up?” I asked myself biting my fingernails. If a task required grooming people, I would think, “Well, doing the job myself will take lesser time than training.”

For a large project, I wanted to involve myself down to the very last detail.

Do these examples sound like the situation you’re into right now? Let me tell you what happened to my story. Such behavior of mine severely crippled the team. I failed to utilise the talent people had. Over time, the business failed.

Common mental blocks for leaders

Leaders have different mental barriers in their heads. I will list out three of the most common ones. These are more prominent in people who take up a leadership role after being an expert technician in a specific field. An individual contributor has difficulty shifting his mindset from executing tasks to leading people.

1. I can do the job myself

When a task needs action, you start evaluating the ease of completing the job against the effort required to train people. Since you have spent years developing expertise, you will need lesser time to do it yourself than training a new person. The joy which comes out of doing the job yourself also plays a role.

The first time I played the role of a leader was for a team of programmers. I had loved writing code since my teenage years. All of a sudden, I felt uncomfortable training the team members to do the job. My hands were itching to do some programming myself.

2. I need to be the expert

Leaders have trouble accepting the fact that team members can know more about a topic than they do. You believe the leader has to be the most talented person in the team.

During our business venture, I wanted to learn every technology in extreme detail. I intended to be capable enough to answer any query the team had. I spent most of my time developing expertise in programming even after I took up a leadership role.

3. The team member won’t deliver the same quality

Leaders often hesitate to delegate tasks because they fear that the team member will perform an average job.

You feel that even if you train a team member, he won’t deliver the quality you can. You forget that when you started as a beginner, you weren’t as capable as you are right now. To ensure things don’t go wrong, you take up the task yourself.

I had the habit of taking up all the tougher portions of programming myself. I wasn’t trying to brag about my abilities. I thought the team members wouldn’t accomplish the task. Due to that mental barrier, I never even tried assigning the harder tasks to the team members.

When should a leader solve, train, and delegate:

You cannot keep doing all the tasks yourself forever. Over time, you will become a bottleneck and prevent yourself from achieving great things.

Try taking a page of the successful leaders of large organisations. They relinquished control and tapped into the talent of people to achieve greatness. A great leader sets the vision and achieves it with teamwork. Even the famous movie stars, sports icons, and singers have a massive team working for them.

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