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Mid-Comp’s Odyssey to enhance Box Hill Institute students’ employment chances

  • 15 June, 2009 15:06

<p>Box Hill Institute, one of Australia’s premier multi-purpose TAFE institutes, is joining educational organisations across three states in using the Odyssey intelligent ERP software solution from Mid-Comp International for teaching logistics students.</p>
<p>According to Kevin Le Poidevin, the Institute’s Program Manager for Transport &amp; Logistics Training, experience in using a world class supply chain management system will enhance students’ chances of finding employment when they graduate. Other students, who already work in the transport and logistics industry, will become more valuable employees.</p>
<p>The Institute’s courses range from Certificate 1 through to Diploma in Logistics. Study options range from a 14-week Certificate III in Logistics program, to short courses for students doing one or more units from that package.</p>
<p>“Most industry players, those with five or more people in their warehouse, use some sort of electronic system, and students trained in using Odyssey will quickly adapt to these,” said Mr Le Poidevin. “We have students leaving Certificate 3 or 4, or Logistics Diploma courses who are looking for jobs, and experience in using Odyssey will improve their chances by raising their value in the work force.”</p>
<p>The Transport and Logistics courses are available at Box Hill Institute’s Automotive, Transport and Engineering Centre, at the organisation’s Ceylon Street campus in Melbourne.</p>
<p>Kevin has set up a small working warehouse and will integrate Odyssey into the RFID (radio frequency identification) system on forklifts, to give students full use of RFID and electronic stores. He is looking to introduce courses in electronic stock control, also using Odyssey.</p>
<p>He said: “The alliance with a support-based vendor such as Mid-Comp gives us the opportunity to take another step forward in keeping at the forefront of training in the wholesale, retail and logistics sectors. Under our arrangement, we will be kept up-to-date with Odyssey software upgrades, unlike many educational organisations whose systems soon go out-of-date.”</p>
<p>Kevin says he is often asked by people in the industry which logistics technology he recommends. Until now, he has been unable to respond to these queries as he has had no hands-on experience with supply chain software.</p>
<p>“Now I will be able to recommend Mid-Comp International for their support, and Odyssey for its ease of use and broad functionality,” he concludes.</p>
<p>Box Hill Institute joins the growing list of tertiary educational institutes in Victoria, NSW and South Australia who are using Odyssey for teaching logistics students.</p>
<p>About Box Hill Institute</p>
<p>Box Hill Institute is one of Australia's premier, multipurpose TAFE institutes that prides itself on its ability to deliver a broad range of vocational education and training services. The Institute has been acknowledged as Victoria's No. 1 TAFE Institute in 2004 and 2005.
The Institute has four main campuses located within easy reach of Melbourne's central business district. Box Hill Institute boasts a proud record of innovation in teaching and has outstanding facilities. Box Hill Institute offers over 400 full-time and part-time courses covering a wide range of subject disciplines and delivery methods, as well as around 300 short courses.
Box Hill Institute is Australia’s leading Technical and Further Education (TAFE) provider of tailored national and international quality training services for government and industry. These attributes, combined with Box Hill Institute's business and community partnerships, are driving the Institute to maintain its status as a leading global educator.</p>
<p>About Mid-Comp International
Mid-Comp International Pty Ltd ( is an Australian developer and supplier of business software solutions that encompass intelligent supply chain, managed availability and IBM systems management. Recently Elders Ltd chose the firm’s Odyssey intelligent supply chain solution in preference to systems from 100-plus vendors including SAP AG and Lawson Software. Odyssey is believed to be the world’s largest pure Java system. Stockman, Mid-Comp’s scaled down version of Odyssey, is targeted at SME supply chain customers. Both solutions are based on Internet delivered technology. Mid-Comp enjoys a strategic relationship with IBM, and supplies products and services to a client list that includes dominant Australian commercial enterprises. The company also supplies product to organisations in 26 countries, including many Fortune 500 companies.</p>
<p>For more information
Steve Bridges,
CEO, Mid-Comp International Pty Ltd
Phone: (03) 9915 5200 or 0407 498 400
<p>David Frost
PR Deadlines Pty Ltd
Phone: (02) 4341 5021

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