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TTA visits Meols Cop High School to promote the logistics industry to Year 9 and 10 students

TTA was out and about again in the region last week, promoting the logistics industry and the ever-popular #Transform My Truck arts competition. TTA Director, Rachael Scanlin-Davis, and DSA Instructor, Julie Ann Kirkham, attended Meols Cop High School, Southport, last Wednesday, and had a memorable day with the Years 8, 9 and 10 students and their teachers. What did the students make of the day, and what did they learn about logistics and how it touches most aspects of our working lives? Well, the students certainly seemed to enjoy themselves and were keen to ask questions; but the person who can probably answer those questions best is the lady who arranged and organised the visit – Elaine Meredith, a career’s advisor from Career Connect who works at Meols Cop High School 2 days a week. Here’s what she thought of the day’s events.

How did the visit to Meols Cop High School come about?

“I approached Transport Training Academy on behalf of the school. I saw a local newspaper cutting a few months ago about TTA’s art competition, #Transform My Truck which promoted careers in logistics. As a career’s adviser, I’m always looking for anything that promotes logistics, and all the different career opportunities available in the sector, as I know it’s a growth area. So I made an approach on behalf of the school. I wasn’t sure that they’d come all the way over to Southport from the other side of Manchester, but thankfully they agreed to it, and the school and the students are very pleased that they did.”

What sort of discussions and group works did Rachael and Julie do with the students on the day?

“It mostly revolved around talking to the students and asking them questions about their perceptions of the logistics industry, and how logistics might have some relevance to their studies.  We had a couple of different age groups involved on the day: so we made sure we tailored each of the different lessons to the different groups. We had a Year 9 Business Studies Group with students aged between 13 and 14, and we also had a Year 10 Business Studies Group with students aged around 15. Both of those groups had not really studied the logistics sector in any detail before, although they had done some studies on areas like branding and marketing. So the idea of learning about a new business sector from experts was too good to miss.  After the group discussions with Rachael, Julie and Business Studies teacher, Mr Lee, half of the group went off with Julie – a lady truck driver – to have a look at the truck, get a feel for it, and then asked questions about it.”

“The school also arranged for two Arts and Tech groups from Year 8 to take part in the day’s activities. The Arts’ Group teacher, Ms Katie Gall, had already promoted and encouraged her students to take part in the #Transform My Truck logistics competition. Those particular students were really clued up on logistics, so they were able to ask all sorts of interesting questions of Rachael. They also showed Rachael some of their artwork and their entries for the competition. After the discussions the groups were then split in half, and some went off with Julie to have a look at the truck.”

What did the students make of the day and what did they learn from talking to Rachael and Julie?

“The students really enjoyed the day and learned a lot form their discussions with professionals who gave them an insight into what goes on in logistics. The students were asked to write feedback about what they made of the day, and that feedback will be published on the school bulletin board on the school website on Friday.” [www.meolscophighschool.co.uk/students/bulletins]

“The teachers, too, really enjoyed the presentations by Rachael and Julie and thought the students definitely benefitted from the experience.  Ms Gall said that ‘the TTA presentation was singularly the best activity I’ve taken part in with KS3 this year. The kids were totally engaged, and Rachael and Julie were fantastic.’ The really great news, she added, and a testament to how well the day went, is that some of the students who weren’t that interested in logistics beforehand and hadn’t already submitted entries for the Transform My Truck competition, were so inspired by what they saw and heard that they now also want to get involved.”

TTA would like to thank Meols Cop High School and Elaine for a brilliant day, and remind everyone that if you know of anyone who would like to enter the #Transform My Truck competition, then they’ll need to get their skates on. The competition closes on June 22nd at midnight, so get your entries in quickly.

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