PEEL Ports has launched its Business on the Move Initiative at Hugh Baird College’s Port Academy Liverpool building, to inspire and encourage young people to consider a career in the City Region’s growing logistics sector.
A number of school visits will be made by staff at Peel Ports who will involve children from ages nine to 19 in a unique board game called Business on the Move.
The aim of the interactive game is to teach young people about the end-to-end supply chain by challenging them to move goods from China to the UK via the Port of Liverpool, in the most cost and time efficient way via road, rail and water freight. It features some of the largest businesses in the UK such as B&M and Typhoo Tea.
Currently 34,000 jobs are supported by the maritime and logistics industry in the Liverpool City Region, this is set to grow to 62,000 by 2030, with new roles becoming available, driven by technology, growth and infrastructure investment.
In response to this, Peel Ports Group has launched the Business on the Move Initiative, a collaboration involving some of the largest organisations in the North West.
Following the £400m investment into Liverpool2, a new deep-water container terminal at the Port of Liverpool, the City-Region is set to grow as an international logistics and transit hub for the UK and local skills and knowledge in the industry will be vital to its future success.
Understanding how goods move around the world and end up in our shops and factories is a valuable insight into the modern economy, and Business on the Move is a simple and relevant way of helping to achieve this.
Peel Ports Group has made significant investment in infrastructure and technology over the past five years in projects such as Liverpool2, which in itself is set to create 5,000 direct and indirect jobs.
These investments require staff in a wide array of roles including automation engineers, port operatives, and engineers in addition to office based roles.
Amanda Willis, Group Head of HR, Peel Ports Group said: “We’re extremely proud to launch our Business on the Move Initiative. Many young people do not consider the logistics sector as a career option despite the diverse range of roles that working within the sector can offer. The plan is that projects like this will highlight how supply chains work and help increase interest in careers such as engineering, where a skills shortage exists, which will ultimately increase the number of talented people working in our industry.”
Yana Williams, Hugh Baird College, Principal and Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to have hosted the launch of Peel Ports’ Business on the Move Initiative today. As an organisation, we have been informing our students on the employment opportunities Liverpool2 will provide. We have also been working closely with Peel Ports Group to ensure our curriculum offer is fully aligned with the skills and attitudes that will be needed for a successful career in the Maritime and Logistics Sector.”