EXCITED schoolchildren from Sacred Heart Primary School were given a special guided tour of Hermes’ hub at Omega Park, as the delivery company looked to inspire the logistics leaders of tomorrow.

Twenty-seven pupils took part in a pre-summer holiday excursion as they learnt about what happens to a parcel when you shop online.

The Year Two children were each allocated their own special Hermes hi-vis jackets as they saw lorries being unloaded, before being given the chance to place their own parcel on to the huge automatic sorters.

The pupils also visited the control room in order to speak to drivers on the radio, as well as exploring inside one of Hermes’ compressed natural gas lorries, where they enjoyed revving the engine and beeping the horn.

A jammed-packed day saw the children race remote control cars and take part in a drawing competition, before they travelled back to their classroom, where their special delivery was already waiting for them.

Jon Ormond, operations director, hubs and depots, at Hermes, said: “After a long school year we wanted to treat the children by giving them a special insight into the journey of a parcel, as well as taking part in some fun activities.

"It is really important to educate and excite the pupils about logistics, which is an industry that touches all of our lives every day. "We hope this visit sparks a greater interest and awareness of this fast-growing sector and perhaps some of the children will become the logistics leaders of tomorrow.

"You never know, we could have already met some of our future drivers and managers!”