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Transport and Logistics Institute – South Essex


Approval Status


Fully Approved

Delivery Status


GBF Project Delivered

Project Completion Date


Winter 2021/22

​Thurrock is the logistics capital of the country with 2 large ports and a significant and growing logistics park, which are the gateway to providing goods into the South East, London and beyond including the Midlands.

The project creates a dedicated Logistics Training Facility at South Essex College’s Thurrock campus in Grays Town centre. The new centre will provide a range of programmes focussed on training for the logistics industry. It will enable delivery encompassing wide areas of this high demand sector including software logistics management, supply chain management, logistics technologies including robotics, warehouse planning and management alongside picking systems/equipment. In addition it will train those who are recently unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing short upskilling programmes including warehousing, LGV/HGV driving and fork lift truck driving – all of which are in demand in the region.

Thurrock is quickly becoming the largest centre for logistics and distribution in the UK and there is a significant demand for skilled labour at all levels from basic picking and packing through to higher level supply chain and automation skills.

Project Outputs/Outcomes
Jobs created/safeguarded 10
Sqm of Improved Learner/Training Floorspace 400
Learners assisted 1,011

£85m of investment to East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock

The Getting Building Fund focuses on projects that can progress quickly and that will stimulate and better integrate economies in some of the most economically impacted and COVID-affected parts of the South East.

£85m of Getting Building Fund investment has been secured, enabling delivery of 45 projects across East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.

Find out more here

Funding value: £600,000
Total Project cost: £999,840
Return to Capital Investment