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Victoria University’s innovative Industry Skills Training enhances reputation with Mid-Comp’s Odyssey software

  • 28 November, 2008 09:28

<p>Victoria University’s Industry Skills Training, which has built a strong reputation for innovation, is to use industrial strength supply chain software solution from Melbourne-based Mid-Comp International for teaching purposes.</p>
<p>VU Industry Skills Training is the latest in an expanding group of educational institutions to sign up for Mid-Comp’s Education Initiatives program, based on the company’s Odyssey corporate distribution and accounting software. Subject to computer hardware compatibility, students are set to receive hands-on experience with the program during the first semester of 2009.</p>
<p>Mid-Comp Managing Director Steve Bridges said that as an advanced technology ERP suite with a distribution focus, Odyssey would fit the organisation’s objectives by providing a powerful delivery mechanism.</p>
<p>Peter Jacobson, Head of School at Industry Skills Training, said: “Odyssey will form an integral element of courses ranging from Certificate I to Diploma, offered to local and international students for either academic or commercial industry-based learning. The courses encompass the full gambit of supply chain, business administration, and financial applications.”</p>
<p>Transport and logistics students utilise a real world warehousing and distribution environment. They work in a state-of-the-art warehouse using bar code and RFID technologies which gives them practical hands-on exposure, making them highly employable when they complete their courses. The breadth of the Odyssey software application suite enables course graduates to go into any distribution company operating modern workflow processes and become productive immediately.</p>
<p>Recently VU Industry Skills Training won an national award for its ‘Ready to Work’ program, a four-week course that helps tackle Australia’s shortage of logistics and transport workers by fast-tracking students into the industry. It won the Training, Education, and Development category at the Australian Supply Chain and Logistics Awards, beating finalists from other leading universities from across Australia, as well as government organisations and private companies.</p>
<p>The Ready-to-Work – Transport and Logistics Program was launched earlier this year, offering a comprehensive range of hands-on and classroom transport and warehousing training, taught in nationally accredited competency units.</p>
<p>About VU School of Industry Skills</p>
<p>School of Industry Skills Training (IST) Courses include Certificate 1 to Diploma courses and Short Courses in Warehousing, Building and Construction, Earthmoving, and Driver Education. Reputation for technical and trades innovation. The Industry Skills Training Centre is a $20 million purpose-built complex that includes large indoor and outdoor work areas and modern classrooms, a 1.2 km road circuit and large manoeuvring area for driver training, over 80 items of plant equipment including trucks, cars, fork lifts, cranes and earthmoving equipment which are used in training programs, a three-year cyclical time frame of replacing the plant and equipment, and a library, canteen and student-amenity area. Please visit for more information.</p>
<p>About Mid-Comp International</p>
<p>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>
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<p>For more information</p>
<p>Peter Jacobson,
Victoria University, Head of School, Industry Skills Training,
Phone: (03) 9919 7600
<p>Steve Bridges,
CEO, Mid-Comp International Pty Ltd
Phone: (03) 9915 5200 or 0407 498 400

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