Shippers' Academy plays pivotal role
The Shippers' Academy Colombo (SAC) was set up in 2011, to enhance
the skills and knowledge of the global commercial shipping environment
by providing capacity building programs to large, medium and the SME
sector, where affordability and creative techniques are used as tools to
plug knowledge gaps and share knowledge.
The Shippers' Academy Colombo was one of the first of its kind to be
set up in South Asia. Since its launch in 2011 the Academy, continues to
play a pivotal role in the shipping industry locally as a training
organisation which has developed short courses and conducted industry
seminars in related fields.
Scope of work
The Shippers' Academy Colombo supports the rising demand for training
from local and overseas companies. The academy is well-suited to meet
the needs of shippers and shipping community who want to acquire new
skills or further enhance their knowledge in the field of commerce,
transport and logistics. Tailor-made courses for corporate clients is a
key tool of the academy and it also offers consultancy services and
undertakes shipper centric R and D to understand industry changes and
With the ever-changing demands the industry faces in the global
platform, the Academy is designing courses to support the latest
developments and sharpen the international competitive edge of local
companies. The SAC is developing and delivering new curricular to
increase professional courses related to global commerce, logistics,
transportation and supply chain management.The Academy has developed a
five-month 5S program and a three-month audit program for service
companies and manufacturers, exporters and importers, to help increase
productivity. An English language course has also been introduced along
with new Customs; Port related training among other existing programs.
PPP and local talent
The Shippers' Academy Colombo has partnered with the Sri Lanka
Foundation to introduce transport courses and also conducts classes at
other government institutes on shipping and related subjects.
The Academy has introduced for the first time the prestigious
Governor's Challenge Trophy quiz for global commerce and logistics and
the global commerce excellence awards for the corporate sector along
with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) to build interest in the
logistics, exports and commerce industry among employees and to uplift
industry standards and image.
By joining the public sector, the Academy hopes to expand to other
parts of the country and to popularise export, international transport
and other global commercial activity among the youth as the demand for
skilled persons in these fields are continuously increasing in Sri Lanka
and in Asia.
The other unique feature is that the Academy has created a pool of
faculty members from the private and public sectors to develop
curricular that matches any international training organisation. While
working with global and regional bodies to bring in and share the latest
information and teaching methods, the home grown model has seen local
talent uplifted in the subject areas.
Mode of delivery
The SAC is working on a model that encompasses best practices by
working with independent industry experts and institutions to deliver
and develop its academic courses, R and D and consultancy assignments.
This will ensure that the best technology, information and data that are
needed by the industry to be competitive, will be delivered. The
Shippers' Academy has the resources to educate the industry and policy
bodies in relation to regional and global commercial activities.
The short courses, workshops, and seminars run by the academy give an
opportunity to candidates to upgrade ongoing development, knowledge and
engage in continuous education which is a modern feature in global
commerce and logistics. China and US have many such institutions that
build capacity by allowing the workforce to continuously upgrade
knowledge and skills.
The Academy aims to giving alternative employment opportunities and
support career guidance to students while supporting corporates to be
Sri Lanka's vision of being a regional hub will need more talent in
the field of global commerce and logistics and the academy hopes to be
in the forefront of meeting this need in the coming years.