Firm puts students on the road to a career in logistics

Students from The Market Weighton School during their visit to TIR Training
Students from The Market Weighton School during their visit to TIR Training

A training company has given students at The Market Weighton School a unique insight into careers in the logistics sector.

TIR Training, based in Beverley, invited pupils from the school to take part in the ‘Logistics Challenge’ as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

The year 11 students experienced what it is like to drive a HGV in a range of weather conditions using the company’s state-of-the-art driver simulator. They also saw a fork lift truck demonstration and had the opportunity to drive a fork lift truck themselves.

Karen Arundel, Employer Engagement and Partnerships Manager at TIR, said: “The aim of the event was to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week and raise awareness among young people of the career opportunities in the logistics industry.

“This was a unique opportunity for the students to try out the simulator, which none of them had done before.

“It gave them a great insight into the type of technology they could have access to as part of their training if they choose a career in logistics.

“The simulator offers a very realistic experience of driving a large HGV in a range of different conditions, from clear days to snow and ice. The students really enjoyed getting behind the wheel.”

Georgia Simpkins, 15, from The Market Weighton School, said she was interested in an apprenticeship in business and administration or marketing after completing her GCSEs.

She said: “I didn’t realise how big the industry is but this event has opened my eyes.”

Shah Wright, TIR Associate Director of Operations and Sales, gave the students an introduction to the company.

Steve Robson, Transport Manager for Howdens Joinery which has several depots in the Hull and the East Riding, gave a presentation about the logistics sector and the importance of apprenticeships to the industry.

Mr Robson said: “The students enjoyed the event and it was excellent for them to see the benefits of apprenticeships.”

TIR Training is a leading provider of logistics training, employability training and apprenticeships.

The company works with employers to offer apprenticeships in driving goods vehicles, warehouse and storage, traffic office, logistics operations, business and administration and customer service.

National Apprenticeship Week ran from 3 to 7 March.