London’s principal port launches new apprenticeship programme

The Port of Tilbury, the UK’s hub for paper imports, has introduced a new apprenticeship initiative following the success of its onsite training academy.

The Port plans to employ more apprenticeships and offer more skills training for young people in the Thames Gateway area.

In the last year and a half, the Port has employed 50 male and female apprenticeships, who have undertaken training programmes, and now it has added nine more recruits to the new two-year Conventional Operative Apprenticeship programme, as well as two new people to the advanced Business Administration programme.

The Port’s Training Academy, which has been running since 2014, trains young people from the local area in areas of logistic skills, delivery of ports and training and – given that 65 per cent of the Port’s workforce lives locally, education for the Port’s tenants and the community more generally.

Forth Ports chief operating officer Perry Glading said: “Forth Ports is fully committed to investing in apprenticeships across the group. Having a strong apprentice training programme is vital to the future success of The Port of Tilbury and our other ports across the UK.”

He went on to stress the importance of training up young generations to become the workforce of the future and take the business forward.

Training and Development manager at the Port of Tilbury Training Academy Simon Harper said it was crucial to provide to support for young people transitioning from full-time education to employment, and assist them in improving their long-term employment prospects and aspiration.

“The port is not only building bright futures for both trainees and apprentices but is also playing an important role in boosting the local economy by providing continued employment opportunities to young people in the Thurrock area,” he added.

The Forth Ports group has set up apprentices across the UK, such as the Engineering Apprenticeship for both electrical and mechanical training being run in Scotland and other qualifications such as the SVQ Stevedoring VQ level 2 and The New Modern Apprenticeship VQ Port Operations qualification.