In early 2020 , in response to the emerging Covid pandemic, four leading organisations from the UK supply chain sector – Business on the Move, Career Ready Think Logistics, NOVUS and Talent in Logistics – collaborated to launch #LearningThroughLogistics, a collection of home-schooling resources.
When schools shut down in March as a result of the coronavirus, #LearningThroughLogistics offered the resources for parents and carers to share their love of their industry and help inspire the next generation.
The #LearningThroughLogistics resources form part of the industry-wide #ILoveLogistics campaign, which was launched by Talent in Logistics to help the public understand the role that logistics plays and get school-age children excited about the sector. With the coronavirus pandemic forcing schools to shut down, parents and carers have had to take on the teaching role. #LearningThroughLogistics offers a range of resources for home schoolers to share the nature of their profession and inspire the next generation of logisticians.
The collection, hosted by Talent in Logistics, is designed to highlight the vital role logistics plays in society and the wider economy whilst providing education in key subjects such as numeracy, English and science. The resources available appeal to primary and secondary school pupils and can be downloaded free of charge, with no registration required, making them accessible for all.
As well as being educational, the activities are fun and typically test a child’s logic and problem-solving skills – a great way to keep busy! For example, one of the 16 resources contributed by Business on the Move that is aimed at the younger age group is called ‘Plan Your Route’ and requires map-reading skills to work out the most efficient ways to make deliveries. This activity has links to core curriculum subjects such as maths and geography. Meanwhile, a Career Ready Think Logistics activity for the 14+ age group, called ‘Think Maths in Logistics’, challenges students with a series of calculations that must be completed to work out the cost of running a truck and requires competency in mathematics and business studies.
#LearningThroughLogistics, whilst not intended to replace a school’s planned curriculum, benefits from three former teachers on the development group. As such, the resources are ideal for supplementing traditional education with broader business, enterprise and environmental matters.
These resources also help to inspire school children about the career possibilities within logistics.
Judges’ comment: “A range of resources for home schoolers to share the nature of their profession and inspire the next generation of logisticians.
The “Diversity Champion of the Year” Award for 2020 is sponsored by Transaid.