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P&O Ferries inspires local students through behind-the-scenes tour of Larne port for Global Entrepreneurship Week

(28 November 2019) P&O Ferries welcomed students from St Killian’s College, Ballymena, to the Port of Larne this month for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the wealth of career opportunities available within the world of logistics.

The ‘Exploring Logistics’ event, which took place during Global Entrepreneurship Week (18-24 November), was hosted in partnership with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). It aimed to give Year 10 students an insight into the variety of careers available both at the harbour and across the maritime, logistics and transport industries.

Laura Gilmour, Port Manager at P&O Ferries, Larne, emphasised that, “As one of the area’s largest employers, we are committed to educating the next generation about their future career opportunities. With up to seven sailings from Larne each day, we’re proud to have been able to get involved in this important initiative and give local students a glimpse into how our business works.”  

In line with the theme of this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, ‘Removing barriers and welcoming all’, the day was highly interactive, including a tour of the harbour site, watching the ferries sail into the port and a range of themed teamwork activities.

Students also got the opportunity to speak with a variety of employees from P&O Ferries, to discuss a range of roles including freight forwarding, haulage, logistics, IT, engineering and customer services.

Councillor Greg McKeen, Chair of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Borough Growth Committee, commented, “The importance of the Port of Larne to Northern Ireland’s success as a global player in the transport and logistics industry cannot be underestimated.

“The Council is committed to a number of key strategic focus areas for growing our economy locally, and the contribution of this sector has been fundamental to the borough. It is with great delight that we were able to work alongside P&O Ferries and the CILT to showcase the potential of the sector to local young people as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

“The transport and logistics industry offers a wide range of potential career paths, from drivers and customer service personnel to logistics managers and transport planners, not to mention mechanics, engineers and IT experts. I hope the young people who engaged with this event have been able to see for themselves the many opportunities which exist across the sector and can apply any learning to their future career choices.”

Pamela Dennison, National Officer at CILT, added, “It was wonderful to see so many local companies working in collaboration to promote the different career paths on offer to local school children within the logistics and transport sector in Northern Ireland. Initiatives like these are critical at grass root level to ensure we mitigate against any potential future skills gaps. A very successful event!”

The event contributed to Global Entrepreneurship Week’s wider aim of celebrating innovation and promoting economic growth, incorporating 10 million people worldwide, with 35,000 events hosted in over 170 countries.

To spread the word of this initiative via social media, use #GEW2019, #AmplifyMEA and #ExploringLogistics and add a tag for the Council’s page (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter).

To find out more about Global Entrepreneurship Week visit www.genglobal.org/gew.

To find out more about careers at P&O Ferries visit poferries.com/careers.