Independent business school GSM London has partnered with one of Europe’s leading freight and logistics companies to review the processes used to record drivers’ vehicle speed and distance. Known as Project Vamonos, this multi-disciplinary project involves 14 undergraduate students working on a live project presented by the Italian-based Arcese Group.
The project is part of GSM London’s ‘Placement/Project Design and Implementation (PPDI)’ module, which creates real-world experiences for students to apply the skills being developed through their degrees.
The project will see with two groups of students spend around 10 weeks working on strategies aimed at improving the Arcese Group’s Tachomaster system. The system relies on communication between the Arcese Group’s HR, IT, admin, finance departments and fleet manager and this project aims to improve interdepartmental integration.
Alongside lectures and classroom work focused on the Tachomaster system, students will visit Arcese’s Thurrock office in Tilbury, Essex during the period.
At the end of the 10 weeks, each group will deliver a presentation of their finished process to the Arcese Board, and could potentially take up work experience placements with the company to implement their ideas.
Jonathan Lawal, who leads on the project at GSM London, said:
“Thanks to our partnership with Arcese our students will get a first-hand working insight into the issues faced by a major international company and could potentially play a part in developing its future operations. This gives Arcese access to some fresh thinking whole creating a valuable opportunity for our students.
“Our students are keen to combine academic learning with real-world work experiences that enhance their future career prospects. This project is a perfect example of how we are innovating to deliver n these expectations.”
Mara Calzolari - Corporate Human Resources Manager at Arcese, said:
“We strongly believe in collaboration with universities and students as a way of driving innovation at the company. We are happy to help GSM London to provide their students with an opportunity to apply theory to practice by taking a close look at our activities and procedures.”