Last week students from Liverpool John Moores University maritime and transport and logistics management courses spent the day at Eddie Stobart’s brand new service support centre in Appleton, Cheshire, where they got a taste of various key aspects of the transport and logistics industry on the company’s ‘World of Logistics’ day.
The 27 students, who are studying at various levels in their chosen fields, were given an overview of Eddie Stobart and the transport and logistics industry in one of the site’s lecture theatres by UK Transport Director, Steve Ridley. In the lecture Steve explained to the students the company’s recent restructure into industry sectors and the growth plan for the next five years which will take the company from a £500m company to a £1 billion company, underpinned by its infrastructure, multimodal offering and top-class training. And he went on to establish the importance of people - who are key to the growth strategy - and outline the major challenges faced by the industry.
The students then split in to two groups for more focussed classes on transport operations with Operations Manager, Phil Rothera and on transport systems with Trainers Mike Salmon and Sean Kirk, and swapped classes after lunch.
Later in the afternoon, back together in one group, the students were asked to think about commercial awareness and were lead through the function of a commercial team and given the chance to complete a mock customer tender. This interactive session was lead by Commercial Finance Analyst, Jessica Reid and Commercial Assistant, Lisa Tinkler, who herself is on a year’s placement from Liverpool John Moores University, where she has completed two years studying for a BSc in mathematics, and from where she will graduate in 2017.
To finish off the day Training and Development Manager, Tim Roberts ran a course on employability, interview technique and how to make a good impression. All key real-world skills that will help any job applicant.
The event came about because a number of Eddie Stobart employees are involved with the Local World of Work Employers Panel at the university. Eddie Stobart also has links to Liverpool John Moores via alumnus and Fleet Financial Controller Catherine Pickering, through whom the company and university set up a graduate placement programme which has seen one graduate complete a year and another, Fleet Management Accountant Brendan Monaghan, is currently working in the fleet finance team. This in addition to Lisa Tinkler, mentioned above, who obtained her placement through Eddie Stobart's recruitment team.
The university was looking for an employer who could support their ‘experience week’, and Eddie Stobart was all too happy to oblige. Plus, Eddie Stobart is a potential future employer of people with the skills being taught on the students’ courses, so the event was a potentially mutually beneficial one. Students said that they learned a lot about the company, and about the sector in general.