Peel Ports launched its Business on the Move Initiative today at Hugh Baird College’s Port Academy Liverpool building to encourage young people to consider a career in the City Region’s growing logistics sector.

Through a series of school visits by staff and a specially developed board game called Business on the Move, it aims to teach young people about the end-to-end supply chain.

Currently 34,000 jobs are supported by the maritime and logistics industry in the Liverpool City Region, this is set to grow to 62,000 by 2030, with new roles becoming available, driven by technology, growth and infrastructure investment1.

In response to this, Peel Ports Group have launched the Business on the Move Initiative, a collaboration involving some of the largest organisations in the North West.

Through utilising an interactive board game, with real companies, it teaches children about supply chains and global logistics, using examples of how goods get from China to the UK via the Port of Liverpool.

The aim of the game is for teams to get cargo into the country in the most cost-effective or efficient way utilising road, rail, air and water freight.

With the recent £400m investment into Liverpool2, a new deep-water container terminal at the Port of Liverpool, the city is set to grow as an international logistics and transit hub for the UK.

Understanding how goods move around the world and end up in our shops and factories is a valuable asset in the modern economy, and Business on the Move is a simple and relatable way of helping to achieve this.

It is hoped that the game will inspire young people to consider a career in the thriving maritime and logistics sectors in the Liverpool City Region.

Peel Ports Group have made significant investment in infrastructure and technology over the past five years in projects such as Liverpool2, which in itself is set to create 5,000 direct and indirect jobs.

These investments require staff in a wide array of roles including automation engineers, port operatives, and engineers in addition to office based roles.

Amanda Willis, Group HR Director, Peel Ports Group said:

“We’re extremely proud to launch our Business on the Move Initiative. Many young people do not consider the logistics sector as a career option. We are continually looking to recruit people in a variety of roles and it is hoped projects such as this will help address skills shortages in areas such as engineering and get more people to consider working in our industry”.

Yana Williams, Hugh Baird College, Principal and Chief Executive, said:

“We are delighted to have hosted the launch of Peel Ports’ Business on the Move Initiative today. As an organisation, we have been informing our students on the employment opportunities Liverpool2 will provide. We have also been working closely with Peel Ports Group to ensure our curriculum offer is fully aligned with the skills and attitudes that will be needed for a successful career in the Maritime and Logistics Sector.”