The LOG.I.CA. project was a research and training project aimed at adapting the skills and competences of professional profiles in the logistics area to the needs of the labour market, through training courses aimed at integrating theoretical knowledge brought by the scientific world with practical knowledge brought by those who work daily in the world of logistics and mobility. The project was born from the collaboration between the Institute for Research on Service Activities of the CNR and the Consortium EURETICON.
The Project was divided into 3 Phases:
PHASE A Research-Action on training needs in the logistics area;
PHASE B Design and implementation of the following training courses
– Technician of the organization and management of logistics and freight transport enterprises
– Expert in the Management of Information and Computer Systems and Technologies for Transport and Logistics (2 editions)
– Expert in Integrated Logistics and Distribution (2 editions)
Phase C Creation of the portal http://www.progettologica.it
The phases were correlated since there was first a phase of Research and Analysis of Training Needs that was very detailed and as a consequence of this a training phase aimed at the creation of new professional profiles to be used in the area of logistics and ICT. The creation of the portal was instrumental in the dissemination and dissemination of the results.
Phase A – Research-Action on training needs in the logistics area, involved operators in the sector and privileged Observatories. From the analysis of the skills required by both operators and observers emerges a figure that combines two professional figures: industrial logistics and what we can define as territorial logistics.
The territory is becoming more central to Observatories, while operators are clearly more focused on practical management and on solving problems in the sector.
The new figure, who would be needed, is placed in the company, at a medium-high hierarchical level. In fact, the figure that could be located within public bodies and local governments is ideally superior to this and is the actual planner, namely the one who is responsible for designing and managing the infrastructure for logistics.
If it is true that this is a professional figure whose profile has been outlined mainly by Observatories, it is also true that ample space is occupied by Operators in highlighting the need for systemic skills for industrial logistics. In other words, if on the one hand the operators describe almost exclusively the figure of industrial logistics, on the other they recognise that the boundaries of the competence that this figure must possess are today dilated compared to the past. They must necessarily include powers of systemic analysis in the light of changes in the sector. A kind of unexpressed demand for a certain type of training that is felt to be necessary in a scenario of changed environmental conditions. It is as if the vision of the Operators were all internal to the sector, while the eyes of the Observers went beyond what is allowed by the particular position occupied, projecting possible future scenarios. At present, therefore, the operators place the boundaries of their vision within the logistics sector, while for the Observatories they extend to include the territory. What we can see in the speeches of the Observatories could be, for the future, the budding of a new figure of expert in logistics, close to what we are trying to describe. Moreover, as we have noted, the operators do not seem to be aware of the centrality that the environmental problem will assume in the coming years: as is in order, the operators manage the present, while it is up to the analysts to identify the development trends.