Students from St Helens College's 14-16 Academy were inspired by Liverpool's Superport boss and logistics expert, Bernard Molloy.
Students from St Helens College's 14-16 Academy were inspired by Liverpool's Superport boss and logistics expert, Bernard Molloy as they took a day trip to Liverpool to explore the logistics industry as part of their Business Studies class.
Students from the College's vocational academy were personally invited to take part in an innovative game which saw the ambitious students run a logistics company under the supervision of the world renowned Logistics Director at Liverpool's impressive No1 Mann Island.
The realistic game, 'Business on the Move', has been developed by former teachers, Andy Page and Pat Smedley. The concept aims to provide students with a 'platform for learning', as students firstly play the board game, featuring 50 real businesses including Marks & Spencer and Unipart. Students then investigated the businesses behind the corporate names in the game. All the activities have been devised to inspire learners and help them to develop an understanding about the diverse range of careers available in logistics and transport.
With entrepreneurial spirit, the group from St Helens College 14–16 Academy moved their products from China to the UK market and calculated their profits at the end of the game.
Bernard Molloy, Chair of Liverpool's Superport said, ""I was very proud to see such enthusiasm, the energy from students was infectious; the industry must do lot more to engage with students and the education world to guide them towards the ever changing skills requirements and in particular the big opportunities with Apprenticeships in Logistics and Supply Chain"
Callum Buck, 15, said, "It has been a really good experience to be able to meet Bernard, learn the game and more about the logistics industry . It has been a fun way to learn and I'd be certainly interested in a future career in logistics."
Caron Kerr, Headteacher of St Helens College 14-16 Academy, added, "The students from the academy enjoyed the challenging event which saw the group work together as part of team, whilst enhancing their knowledge and skills in business. The group thoroughly enjoyed meeting Bernard, who is a respected player in the logistics world and in the Liverpool City Region."
Pat, creator of the innovative game said, "Research shows that active learning, such as playing board games, improves students' understanding and retention of information and can be very effective in developing higher order cognitive skills such as problem solving and critical thinking."
Shop Direct, Tesco and local company Home Bargains are a few of the other sponsors of the educational game, which aims to raise aspirations and awareness of the sector.