Business students at Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form have taken part in an event called ‘Think Logistics’ and visited local logistics firm Matthew Kibble, to highlight the career opportunities available in this challenging industry.

Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form has an unrivalled reputation for success in Business related subjects and each year, students go on to secure places at some of the best universities and business schools across the UK, or employment with leading companies. One of the things which greatly aid our students in achieving the highest grades is the real-life industry experience they gain on the course, which is then invaluable during their examinations and course work.

In September 2013, the College will launch an exciting new initiative, a Career Academy! Supported on a national scale, Career Academies include mentoring from business leaders, internships, visits and seminars and guru lectures from industry exerts! The Business Studies department is excited to launch their own Career Academy and is working with local businesses to ensure that its students will get the best possible experience from this fantastic scheme.

As part of the early process of launching the Career Academy, the Business Studies held an event called “Think Logistics”. This event was run by 6 business leaders from logistics companies in the North West.  The students took part in some industry related activities, working in small groups lead by one of the visiting business people. After the activities, students were advised about different careers in logistics and the alternative paths available in the industry.  They were also told more about the range of apprenticeships and job vacancies that students can apply for in the coming months.

As a follow up to the event, the students later visited Kibble Transport in Nelson to see for themselves what it is like in a busy logistics setting. Owner, Matthew Kibble gave a presentation of the operations of the business and explained the day-to-day running of the company.  He went on to explain the various job roles in the business, from Warehouse to Driver to Accountant.  Students where then treated to a tour of the site and were able to climb aboard a brand new Matthew Kibble truck, which the business took delivery of yesterday.

Level 3 Business Student Zaheer Araf said “I enjoyed the visit immensely, in particular, seeing and sitting in the new, state-of-the-art truck whilst Matthew showed us all the features.  I was surprised by the size of the warehouse and the range of products stored there. I was really impressed by the Transport Planner’s job; organising the full fleet of vehicles, their cargo and the routes they take.”

Justine Thatcher, Curriculum Leader for Business at the College said, “The Think Logistic event has enabled students to meet and work with local employers.  From September this year, Nelson and Colne College will be recruiting Business students onto a Career Academy whereby students will benefit from a Business mentor and a paid internship alongside regular company visits and lectures from local business people.  Matthew Kibble Transport Ltd are one of the key employers supporting the College with the academy, but we welcome involvement from other employers in the area. The Career Academy is an exciting new project at the College and one which will bring added value to our students’ studies.”