In late June 2014 the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ TLI Connect team ran a Transport and Logistics Work Inspiration project. As one of 20 national demonstration projects, this was the only one to focus on the Transport and Logistics industry. Work Inspiration offers participating school students a new twist on work experience, and our project delivered an intensive, hands-on three day experience incorporating industry tours and access to workers on the job.
Fifteen Year 10 students experienced the supply chain from the port to their pockets. Starting at Patrick, Port of Brisbane, the students observed containers arriving on ships and witnessed technology in action as the AutoStrads moved and loaded containers onto trucks. Day two was spent at the Kmart Distribution Centre (DC) where the students watched Young Guns Container Crew unload the goods, followed the process through the DC and saw how the goods are dispatched by Toll. On the final day, students travelled to the receiving dock of a Kmart store where goods are unloaded and stock is prepared for the shelves. They learnt about product placement and marketing, and even made a few impulse purchases on the way out.
Through the project, participants discovered a world of employment opportunities that they were unaware of, and gained a real insight into the Transport and Logistics industry. ‘I learned there is a complex and interesting system behind everything we buy’ one student said.
For more information on the Transport and Logistics Work Inspiration, please contact TLI Connect at TLI.Connect@tmr.qld.gov.au or on 07 3066 0785.