MP unveils Northern Logistics Academy campus in St Helens

Students from St Helens College, members of the public as well as MP for St Helens North, Conor McGinn attended the Northern Logistics Academy careers fair and open day last week as part of the college’s European Supply Chain Day 2017 celebrations.

The Northern Logistics Academy St Helens campus is based in Langtree Street, St Helens. It is a logistics and transport training specialist, delivering sector specific training and qualifications, a project approved late last year by the Liverpool City Region’s growth deal fund in a bid to help close a growing skills gap.

During the event, attendees had the opportunity to meet with local logistics industry experts, industry bodies and employers from the logistics sector including Jungheinrich, The Chartered Institute of Logistics (CILT – UK), Drivernet and The Environment Agency. The event aimed to raise awareness of the huge range of careers available in the logistics industry, as well as the value of logistics and supply chain activities to everyday life.

As well as showing off the brand new Northern Logistics Academy and its facilities, the day provided a range of opportunities for attendees to have a go at hands on activities including forklift truck and driving simulators, allowing them to build on their confidence, team working and communication skills. Attendees also had the opportunity to take a tour of the new Northern Logistics Academy. Spotlight speaker sessions about careers and opportunities were also delivered by Royal Logistics Corps who provide logistic support functions to the British Army.

The event culminated with MP for St Helens North, Conor McGinn officially opening the campus, unveiling a plaque. He was joined by students from St Helens College 14-16 Academy.

The Northern Logistics Academy has two campuses, one in Kirkby and another in St Helens. The investment has seen the development of brand new standalone distribution and warehouse environment training centres equipped with IT rich data processing centres with logistics software suites and dedicated transport simulators, providing a realistic student training facility.

They offer students a realistic working environment in which they can learn about product movement, from the initial receipt of goods through to storage, picking, packing and despatch as well as forklift truck training and HGV operations. An elevated viewing gallery will allow students to observe a working warehouse in action.

Jette Burford, Principal of St Helens said: “This was a fantastic event. Attendees took full advantage of this opportunity to gain a better understanding of this growing industry by speaking with logistics bodies and employers as well as touring the new facilities. It is important that people begin to realise that there are many professional career paths available to them in this growing industry. By having leading industry employers at the event to talk first hand to visitors, it was a great way to showcase these opportunities”.

Speaking after the visit Conor said: “The Northern Logistics Academy is a state-of-the-art facility which will provide outstanding opportunities for young people from St Helens and the entire Northwest to learn and develop the range of skills required for a career in logistics. It was great to meet some of the young people who were there to find out about the job opportunities and training available. I congratulate St Helens College and Knowsley College on opening the Northern Logistics Academy and recognising the opportunities and potential of the logistics sector to bring employment and investment to St Helens and the wider city region.”

The Northern Logistics Academy has been designed and developed with key employers to meet the future skills needs of the sector, helping to bridge skills gaps and develop tomorrow’s workforce. The equipment, resources and facilities will create a training environment that prepares both young people and adults for a career in this growing industry by providing qualifications and training to update and complement existing skills and to develop new ones.

The Northern Logistics Academy offers a range of courses including Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics (CILT – UK) and Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) qualifications as well as forklift truck driving, driver CPC and Taxi Driver VRQ.

For further information on the Northern Logistics Academy, call 01744 623101.

MP unveils Northern Logistics Academy campus in St Helens