Women into Logistics with Year 10

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29/01/2015 by sleach860


The weather may have been cold and icy, but that didn’t deter the enthusiasm of a group of Year 10 girls who visited Mantra Learning to take part in Women into Logistics on the 29th January. The information and awareness raising event at Mantra’s Greengate site highlighted the opportunities in the growing logistics sector for women, in what is perceived to be a male dominated industry.

The day started with a welcome from Mantra MD Mark Currie, who gave some background on the logistics sector, before outlining one of its biggest challenges: recruiting high quality staff. With the average ages for a HGV driver and a warehouseperson 55 and 42 respectively, logistics has an aging workforce. With this in mind, Mark highlighted the possibilities for women in the industry.

An inspiring talk from Lesley O’Brien followed. Lesley explained how her career progressed from an administration role in a small haulage business to director of a multinational logistics operation. Amongst other accolades Lesley is 2014 Yorkshire Business Woman of Achievement.


After a refreshment break the Year 10s got to take part in a range of activities, including driving the UK’s only HGV simulator, a pallet building challenge and The Product Journey.

The feedback from the Year 10 girls was overwhelmingly positive and several asked if the could stay at Mantra for the whole day.

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