College scoops national logistics award

South Essex College has won a prestigious national award for its partnership work with Tesco and Scania.

The College was named winner in the Collaboration in People Development category at the Talent in Logistics Awards, which recognise excellence within the logistics sector.

The College was up against other national collaborations including those between Euro Car Parts Ltd & Apprentice Assessment Ltd, Sainsbury’s Argos & Unite The Union and Vantec Europe Ltd & University of Sunderland.

Two years ago the College was selected by Scania and Tesco to deliver an innovative apprenticeship in the Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) sector, which started with 20 students over three initial locations.

This collaborative partnership has now extended to 11 sites stretching from the Midlands to the south coast, with 145 people ready to go on the programme this coming academic year.

Mark Bentley, the college’s Logistics Operational Director, said it was a huge milestone for the college.

He said: “Being recognised at an awards event that specifically supports the logistics sector is an incredible achievement.

“We have been working hard to forge links with organisations to ensure the training we provide is what employers want and need to best prepare apprentices for a future in the sector.”

To find out about apprenticeships at the college visit www.southessex.ac.uk/apprenticeships