The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has bemoaned the closure of several courses being offered by Ulster University that could have a direct impact on logistics compliance and operator standards across Northern Ireland.
Ulster University has announced it will now cease intake into the institution's BSc Hons Transportation and MSci Transportation Planning courses as of 2018, meaning the Irish haulage industry could lose a valuable source of experience and skills in the coming years.
Responding to the decision, FTA policy manager for Northern Ireland Seamus Leheny commented: "If the economy in Northern Ireland is to grow then we must have an export-led economy and the ability to get goods to market efficiently is vital.
"To achieve this we need high calibre management within the transport and logistics sector. Sadly, if these courses are to cease we will lose this fantastic source of knowledge to the detriment of industry and the economy."
As a result, the FTA is now calling upon Ireland's minister for the Department of Employment & Learning Stephen Farry and Mark H Durkan, minister for the Department of Environment, to step in and convince the university to reconsider its plans.
Mr Leheny concluded that the fear is that the industry will lose out on the next generation of transport managers, as the skills being offered in these courses were unique in Ireland and a considerable boon to the industry and nation as a whole.
Posted on 20th April 2015
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