MONTREAL, Que.–The Commission scolaire de Montréal’s Édouard-Montpetit High School was the very first school to try CargoM’s, the Logistics and Transportation Metropolitan Cluster of Montreal, new game “Suis le conteneur” – “Follow the container”.
Located in the Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough in Montreal’s east end, the Édouard-Montpetit High School selected a class of 15 and 16 year-olds to play this educational game.
“Two key objectives are at the heart of the ‘Suis le conteneur’ game: promoting the industry’s career opportunities and demonstrating how products we use in our daily lives are transported all over the world. This teaching activity helps raise awareness as to the importance of having an efficient logistics chain to meet our day-to-day needs”, indicated Mathieu Charbonneau, General Manager at CargoM.
Given that the game requires products to be transported across a world map, from their production site to their ultimate destination, these high school students were able to develop specific skills during the course of the activity. Students had to move a container as quickly as possible while abiding to a particular budget as well as a specific amount of carbon credits. As is the case for our industry’s businesses, they were faced at times with unforeseen circumstances, such as bad weather or mechanical failures, which affected their plans.
Guides describing the different occupations of the transport and logistics industry are available to parents and students, and a specific guide was also designed for teachers and guidance counsellors.
“This is one of the many CargoM initiatives implemented to get young people interested in a career in our industry. The labour shortage encountered in various types of transport is increasingly recognized and we must do all we can to promote the stimulating jobs available in transport and logistics. In the next few months, additional Commission scolaire de Montréal’s schools will have the opportunity to play ‘Suis le conteneur’, as will education institutions in other school boards in Montreal’s surrounding area, notably the Commission scolaire des Grandes Seigneuries which has confirmed its participation in the project”, concluded Charbonneau.