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30 October 2015
A LORRY LOAD OF FUN
Despite the blustery weather, over 30 children and their parents and carers turned out for a Family Fun Day at Buxton & Leek College’s Specialist Training Centre in Harpur Hill.
The event was organised as part of the Road Haulage Association’s, Love The Lorry Week, and aimed to raise awareness of the logistics industry, with the chance for lorry lovers to take a seat in one of the lorries provided by local hauliers.
Families toured the facilities at the Specialist Training Centre for Logistics, Warehousing & Storage and took part in a lorry themed quiz, as well as cheering on staff and trainees in a fork lift truck obstacle course. There was also a children’s entertainer, Mrs Sparkle, balloon making, face painting and free goody bags on offer.
Hauliers A.I.M Commercial Services, a family run, provider of the logistics industry, from Ripley, took part in the event. Managing Director, Allison Kemp said: “This is a great event and a chance to promote the logistics industry. We wanted to be a part of this to make people aware that the industry isn’t just about lorry driving. There are many careers from planning, administration, warehouse management, vehicle maintenance and much more. It’s important to get the children interested at an early age.
Jamie Potter, Transport Manager at Sports Direct said: “The transport industry is becoming more and more technologically advanced. It is important that we educate young people in the importance of logistics and the opportunities available to them in the industry. The sector is growing and we’re working to make sure there is a big enough workforce to fill the jobs, by hopefully launching our own logistics academy.”
Other hauliers included Nestle, K and H Haulage of Bakewell and B J Walters from Matlock whose staff attended the event and showed the families around the lorries and let them sit in the cabs.
Stuart and Alina from Buxton brought their two sons along, Sebastian and Edward. Alina said: “The boys love to play with Lego and built a fork lift truck the other day. We saw this event and though it was a great chance for them to see a real fork lift truck and lorry up close. We had a great day; it was good to come to something a bit different during half term.”
Business Development Manager for the training centre, David Roberts said: “The College was pleased to host the event and to add our support to the transport sector which plays such a vital role in the local economy. We all enjoyed seeing the reaction of the children as they tried out a range of activities. I think it is fair to say that a good time was had by all.”