College builds links with logistics industry

College builds links with logistics industry

South Essex College together with the Essex Employment and Skills Board held a logistics business breakfast to engage with the industry about education opportunities available to them.

 

The event, held at Orsett Hall, was well attended by local logistics and supply chain employers.

 

Speakers included DP World, Woodland Logistics and Mark Bentley, Logistics Business Manager from South Essex College.

 

Mark Bentley spoke about the different logistics courses available at the College. He said: “The logistics industry has a unique selling point – lots of jobs! We offer a variety of different study programmes for those interested in the sector that will help people build a platform to employment.”

 

Discussions were held around the challenges the industry faces including how to get young school children interested and aware of logistics. Andy Page and Pat Smedley presented their ‘Business on the Move’ board game which strives to do just that.

 

Created by two former teachers, the board game explains the supply chain in a fun and creative way. Andy said: “Logistics is a living gem for a teacher as it includes elements of maths, science and geography. We want this game to develop young people’s logistics skills and excite them about the global supply chain.”

 

Sean Kirby, Essex Employment and Skills Board member for logistics, said: “The breakfast was a huge success, the participation by local logistics businesses was inspiring. The passion and desire by all those present to collectively drive forward our common goals in conjunction with the education sector was gratifying.”

 

For more information about the logistics courses available at South Essex College, visit www.southessex.ac.uk/logistics