Local students become wildlife detectives at port away day

July 16, 2018

Left: Year 8 students from Immingham Oasis Academy were welcomed onto the port by ABP employees at the Long Strip nature area.

Students from Immingham’s Oasis Academy attended ABP’s port of Immingham this week to take part in a ‘biosecurity day’, in order to get a better understanding of working life and how industry can function alongside wildlife to support natural habitats.

The group of year 8 students, whose studies at the local school include construction and engineering, were welcomed on site, given a safety induction ‘Tool Box Talk’, before being issued with their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and taking part in a full working day.

The biosecurity day saw the students attend Immingham’s Long Strip, a nature area on the port estate, where they were tasked with identifying and recording native and non-native species of animals, insects and plants. This important work helps the port to monitor its local ecosystem.

Taking pictures and using reference guides, the children were encouraged to find out about the different types of fauna and flora currently flourishing around the port.

Adam Burton, Teacher of Technology, Construction and STEM for Immingham Oasis Academy, said: “The group of students that visited ABP are aiming to follow apprenticeship pathways into industry. Being at ABP, with engaged employees who are keen to show off what they do, has helped them to understand the vast range of employment within the company, and gave them a real glimpse of what it is like to work in industry.”

He continued: “The visit that ABP arranged and delivered was informative, educational and very supportive for our students. The biosecurity activity fits in well with the sustainability context of the course the students are studying, and it they were very interested to learn about the scope of ABP, and the role the company plays in delivering goods around the UK.”

ABP employees in attendance on the day also used the opportunity to educate the students about the wide-ranging career opportunities available right here, in the heart of their town.

Tina Raleigh, Quality and Environment Systems Manager and organiser of the event, said: “It’s extremely important to get young people like this group interested in what’s happening at the port. Our industry is pivotal to the country and our employees really are the unsung heroes for keeping Britain trading. The children were eager to find out how they could get involved with the company once they’d finished school, which was really reassuring to hear.”