We aspire to excellence in everything we do, and training is no exception. The Contract Logistics Bootcamps are a clear example of our dedication to elevating the skills of our employees worldwide, ensuring they are equipped to excel in their roles and contribute to the success of CEVA Logistics.
In the fast-paced and dynamic world of Contract Logistics, staying ahead of the curve requires not only innovation in services but also a highly skilled and adaptable workforce. Recognizing this need, CEVA Logistics pioneered the Contract Logistics Bootcamps two years ago – a comprehensive training program designed to address critical market challenges and elevate the skills of its engineers to achieve operational excellence.
The primary goal of the bootcamp is clear – to structure a world-class contract logistics training program that attracts, develops, and retains young talent. This program aims to equip aspiring engineers with the competencies required to seamlessly integrate into CEVA's operations.
Antoine Palfray, Global CL Solution Design and the program's creator, emphasizes the need for such initiatives, stating, "I created this program due to an overall lack of Solution Design and Business Process Excellence skills. The pool of potential engineers on the market is too small, and we struggled to fill positions. At the same time, the level of training was inconsistent across our organization. Therefore, the bootcamp is addressing two challenges: building a pipeline of talent and harmonizing training programs."
The program's core focus is to impart a fundamental understanding of logistics and train engineers on standard CEVA tools that are integral to their daily tasks. The training covers a spectrum of skills, including data crunching, process design, costing, pricing, LEAN, process engineering, KAIZEN and exposure to various departments like Finance, HR, and IT. The curriculum incorporates design thinking, problem-solving techniques, and innovation to develop well-rounded professionals, capable of handling complex challenges.
The bootcamp unfolds in two stages – one-month of classroom training led by CEVA subject matter experts, followed by a one-month practical, on-site training session in the trainees' home locations. This unique approach ensures that the theoretical knowledge gained during the first month is immediately applied in real-world scenarios, reinforcing learning through hands-on experience.
Since it began in 2021, there have been 10 bootcamps, training over 160 engineers globally. The fast-track integration achieved by bootcamp graduates has led to overall cost savings in employing new professionals. Bootcamp graduates are equipped to be agile, taking on complex Request for Quotations (RFQs) immediately upon completing their training, demonstrating the program's practical and effective nature. Moreover, graduates are able to identify and manage major cost cutting initiatives, increase productivity and improve profitability.
The Contract Logistics Bootcamp has proved so successful that now other departments are considering replicating the concept. The bootcamp adds particular value in its standardized way of working, utilization of CEVA standard tools, and harmonization of Solution Design and Business Process Excellence approaches.
The bootcamp stands as a testimony to CEVA Logistics' commitment to elevating the skills of our employees, ensuring they are equipped to excel in their roles and contribute to the success of CEVA Logistics. As the program continues to evolve, it is poised to shape the future of logistics by producing a steady stream of well-trained, innovative professionals.
This bootcamp has equipped me with invaluable skills and knowledge to excel in my BPE role. Through comprehensive training, hands-on exercises, and expert guidance, I have gained a deep understanding of process analysis, optimization, and reengineering techniques. The bootcamp's emphasis on practical application has given me the confidence to identify inefficiencies, streamline workflows, and implement sustainable improvements within my organization.Sathurshini Thuraisamy BPE Engineer – Australia/APAC
The BPE Bootcamp has allowed me to gain a better understanding of the overall knowledge of LEAN Methodology. Demonstrating the process and proper strategies that I can implement in my warehouses. It was a great opportunity for other countries to get together and share their experiences, collaborating with each other for professional growth.Panayiota Pieratos BPE LEAN Agent – United States/NORTAM
Attending the Bootcamp offered a chance to quickly grasp and implement Lean methodologies in my operations, overcoming my initial lack of exposure. The diverse insights from peers accelerated my learning, condensing what would have taken over a year into an immersive and efficient experience.Daria Kulok BPE Engineer – United Kingdom/EUROPE
BPE Bootcamp was an incredible experience, having people with a lot of experience in our region to help us with the challenges. The possibility of having contact with real problems from another operation, getting all the theory during the training, and being able to implement it and see it work is incredible. It was a joy to meet other operations in different countries, share problems, and be able to communicate effectively. This training was the best yet!Paula Aguero BPE LEAN Agent – Argentina/LATAM
Solution Design (SD) Bootcamp allowed me to learn from the beginning all CEVA’s standards and tools for process engineering. When starting my new role as SD engineer in Singapore, I was promptly operational to work on designing best-in-class solutions for our customers in APAC.Max Weiszrock Solution Design Professional
I joined bootcamp as a Turkish engineer. I got the opportunity to be promoted and move to NetherlandsUlas Avsar Solution Design, NL