Crewe offers a unique insight into how the business is run.
Expert LogisticsÂ today welcomed 18 special guests from the local university here in Crewe.
14 business students and 3 members of staff from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) were invited along to take a closer look into our world, how the logistics industry works, and what makes us so special.
Itâ€™s the first time we have invited business students for a tour of our operations, and it was the brain child of our very own Recruitment Advisor (and co-ordinator of our â€œEmerging Talentâ€ initiative),Kerrie Salisbury
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â€œEven when you go to university you can still be unsure what it is that you actually want to do with your life. So we wanted to get local students in for an insight into our business, and to educate them on how a job in logistics can turn into a life fulfilling career.
Weâ€™ve actually just started up our graduate programme, and if itâ€™s a success then weâ€™ll be looking to this next batch of graduates to apply for future vacancies. But right now we just wanted to show them that logistics is much more than just lorries and warehouses, and to get them thinking that a career in this industry could be just the future theyâ€™re looking forâ€
The students were given a brief presentation by Kerrie on the history of the company, before hearing a more personal tale from our resident Business Administration Apprentice,Â Alana Davies. Alana spoke of how she came to work for us, and the benefits of working in such a fast paced and varied environment.
â€œ I didnâ€™t really know what I wanted to do â€“ career wise, but after doing some work experience here I got a phone call asking if I wanted to come back and become an apprentice. And now that Iâ€™m here full time I love it! â€¦..one day I could be doing my Duke of Edinburgh, the next I could be ordering the weeks shopping for the entire building. Itâ€™s so varied, and itâ€™s given me the confidence to take on any challenge that might come up in the futureâ€
The students were then given a guided tour of our operations by Opâ€™s DirectorÂ Tony ChrystalÂ and Opâ€™s ManagerÂ Craig Berrisford, where they were educated on (and also visibly impressed by) our logisticalÂ set up. From how the smallest cost saving initiatives can make the biggest difference, to how we develop unique solutions forÂ our very own unique problems.
so it’s goodbyeâ€¦..for now
Before wishing the students well on the remainder of their course, there was time for one last group photo -Â Â and a quick catch up with one of the course lecturers who came along for the day. We asked Sue Coles (a business lecturer at MMU)Â why they chose Expert Logistics:
â€œThereâ€™s only around 3 or 4 of these students which are studying Business AND Logistics, with the rest studying things like Business and Accounting, things like thatâ€¦ But we thought it would be useful to bring everyoneÂ becauseÂ Logistics is so crucial to so many industries. So if they do transfer their degree skills to a future career then this trip would have been more than worth it. The main reason we wanted to come here though was because of the culture youÂ have. Weâ€™ve had some preliminary dealings with ao in the past but the main thing thatâ€™s always stuck is how you treat your customers ANDÂ your employees. It just shows what can be done when you put peopleÂ above profitsâ€¦.we couldnâ€™t pass the opportunity up to come along and see how itâ€™s done, really.â€
Obviously we know how great we can be, but you canâ€™t beat hearing it from people on the outside, can you?
Congratulations to Kerrie and her team for organising such a successful morning, and good luck to the Business students at MMU. We hope to see you on our graduate scheme in the non-too distant future.