08 Dec 2016
The state of the art facility which was unveiled at a VIP ceremony on Friday 2nd December, is a project backed by Liverpool City Region’s growth deal fund and a wealth of industry partners to help close the growing skills gap.
The Northern Logistics Academy has two sites, one in Kirkby and another in St Helens. The investment has seen the development of a brand new standalone distribution and warehouse environment with training centres equipped with IT rich data processing centres with logistics software suites and dedicated transport simulators, providing a realistic student training facility – all geared towards equipping the logistics professionals of the future with the skills and experience they need to pave a career in the industry.
The two centres offer students an interactive learning environment in which they can learn about product movement, from the initial receipt of goods through to storage, picking, packing and despatch as well as forklift truck training and HGV operations.
At the launch, over 100 visitors from industry and local employers took a tour of the Cherryfield Drive facility which included logistics software demonstrations from Mandata.
Students will be using the latest cloud-based Mandata TMS transport management system in a state-of-the-art traffic office environment, whilst working towards many sector specific qualifications, gaining a valuable insight into how a traffic office works and the many procedures involved in getting goods from A to B, Tracy Welford Head of Marketing at Mandata explained: “Software and communications technology have a fundamental role to play in the road transport and logistics process. Haulage operators across the UK use our software to manage everything from taking a booking to planning, monitoring, receiving proof of delivery and invoicing all the while providing transparency and visibility of work throughout the supply chain.”
Students will gain a good insight into the procedures behind an operation, the key–critical information which flows through a business and the strategies employed to achieve success.
People will use software similar to Mandata’s at some point during their career in the transport industry, and no matter what their role, they will have a vital role to play in ensuring employers remain profitable and efficient, Tracy continues: “It is a great opportunity for us to support such a worthwhile project and to give something back to the industry in which we’ve worked and served for many years. This project will bring processes alive for students enabling them to gain valuable experience in a practical and interactive environment.” Mandata’s Operations Director Jim Nelson is very impressed with the set up at the NLA: “The NLA has made a significant investment in infrastructure with regards staff, locations and office layouts and have carefully chosen partners. We are confident this will enable the NLA to deliver first-class, practical training solutions to the logistics professionals of the future.”
“The fact that the NLA is reaching out to people of all ages to provide such a comprehensive training offering, should benefit the industry greatly,” said Jim.Why Mandata has chosen to support the NLA
Mandata has been developing transport management software for the road transport and logistics industry for over 45 years. We hope our involvement in this project will give people of all ages an insight into the sector and equip the logistics professionals of the future with valuable skills to launch them into a long a rewarding career in the industry.