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14 June 2012 | Kamalpreet Badasha
Southampton City College and Meachers Global Logistics teamed up to set a group of students a tendering challenge.
A dozen students were set the task of preparing a tender to manage raw material, stock, warehousing and logistics services for a fictitious retailer. It involved constructing a whole supply chain including distribution and fulfilment and calculating costs such as palate prices.
Meachers Global Logistics, also based in Southampton, worked with students on the BTEC Business First Diploma who put together the tender then pitched it to the company’s senior management team. The process took three months and was a first for Meachers.
Gary Whittle, commercial director at the company, said: “The project enabled them to gain commercial awareness as they worked with HR and marketing. And student feedback revealed they were able to learn a great deal more on the visits as they worked with tangible materials.
“It is a growing challenge to encourage new talent into the industry. Work experience and partnering with education provides a great opportunity for young people to understand that our business is far more than just moving and storing boxes.”
In April, Meachers took part in an exchange visit with the French school Lycee Professional Bel Air involving 45 students. Pupils from the school, which specialises in the logistics and transport industry, visited Meachers to gain an insight into how the firm works.
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