A major challenge for companies in every profession is to identify well-qualified individuals who can support their growth and development, and who have a clear understanding of specialist and critical areas of business such as supply chain security.

Some five years ago, TAPA EMEA Chairman, Thorsten Neumann, became a lecturer at The University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration in Bremen, which had identified the need for future risk and security managers to respond to the growing level of threats facing companies across a multitude of industries. Today, after consulting multiple international companies for their opinions and insight, the University has developed its solution into a ‘tailor-made’ six semester long ‘Risk & Security Management’ degree programme.

Students complete courses in crime and the law, business administration or crime and danger prevention. They are able to prepare risk assessments, attend lectures in business continuity management and compliance, and, later on, choose between maritime or aviation security. Besides university professors, the list of lecturers includes business managers from different backgrounds as well as CSOs, police detectives, prosecutors and even former federal judges.

Supply Chain Management is a big part of the programme and TAPA EMEA continues to play an active role with Markus Prinz, Training Lead, having taken over the lecturer role from Thorsten in 2016. He introduces students to the TAPA Security Standards for facilities, trucking and secure parking, after which they take an exam on the Association’s Security Requirements.

TAPA EMEA’s contribution to the programme, delivered in two blocks over two days, gives students a thorough overview of supply chains and the security risks they face, including:

- What is supply chain logistics, who’s involved and how important are logistics procedures

- What types of transport solutions are possible

- Security risks facing the logistics industry

- Why security experts need to think differently

- The difference between conditionally controllable & uncontrollable risks

- Using TAPA Security Standards to minimise risks in the supply chain

- Understanding different national security programmes

- Airfreight security vs. other modes of transport

- Importance of Incoterms

- TAPA IIS and using intelligence in crime prevention

- How social media can influence security and transport risks

The fourth semester is a completely practical one in which students are given the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge and to gain hands-on experience. Many companies have come forward to offer places for students and, in some cases, this has led to full-time employment opportunities for graduates once they complete their education. Internships range from between four and six months, depending on the company.

During the third and fifth semesters students have the opportunity to attend a three-day course on Crisis Unit Training at the Federal Academy for Crisis Management, Emergency Planning and Civil Protection in Ahrweiler.

The level of interest in the course means students now come from a variety of backgrounds. Some start their studies after finishing high school, while others have a military background or studied something completely different beforehand. By achieving a Bachelor of Arts degree, alumni have the chance to directly land a job with international companies which are actively seeking to recruit skilled risk and security managers.

Markus Prinz is among those who sees the significant value of the degree programme. He says: “From a TAPA perspective, we are very proud of this close cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration in Bremen and the excellent relationship we have established. We would welcome similar relationships with other forward-thinking universities.

“The feedback I have received from the courses is really positive. I think it is absolutely the right time for TAPA to be supporting this type of initiative and to be helping generate a bigger source of well-qualified risk and security managers. Some of the students I’ve trained have since told me how often they have used their FSR and TSR knowledge to give recommendations in their case studies, work tasks and projects. Those students who subsequently pursue a career in supply chain security will enter the workplace with a positive understanding of the benefits TAPA delivers, which will also produce a long-term benefit for the Association.”

For further information you can contact the University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration Bremen via www.hfoev.bremen.de or write to the head of the Bachelor programme Risk & Security Management, Prof. Dr. Claudia Kestermann at claudia.kestermann@(*** please remove ***)hfoev.bremen.de