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RECORD NUMBER OF APPRENTICES PLANNED FOR PORT OF TYNE11 Mar 2013

The Port of Tyne plans to more than treble its apprenticeships in 2013, creating new opportunities for young people to learn the ropes right across the business.

 

As well as traditional engineering apprenticeships, the Port will recruit 13 extra young people in roles in IT, security, warehousing, business administration, marketing, civil engineering, accountancy, and cargo operations.

This follows the success of the long established programme for engineering apprentices which the Port has operated for many years.

Andrew Moffat, Port of Tyne's Chief Executive Officer, said: "Investing in our people and developing a highly skilled workforce is the key to future success. Last year the Port invested almost £1.3m in training and development. Launching the biggest apprentice programme in our history is also indicative of the way we aim to support our local community and in particular young people.

"As a major employer we're committed to helping more young people in the area get a foot on the ladder to work. We have always had apprentices working in our engineering department and for the first time last year we had a business administration apprentice. We also support many community programmes that help develop confidence and skills in young people.

"Apprenticeships seem the best way to do this and we are very pleased that we will be able to take on 13 further apprentices this year who will be working towards recognised qualifications and learning about the world of work and the opportunities there may be for them in the future whether with the Port or elsewhere."

With a 10.8% unemployment rate in the North East region the Port is committed to supporting projects that address skills and readiness for work to help improve young people's chances of employment. Under the rolling programme, a total of 18 apprentices will be with the Port at any one time for between 2 and 4 years, during which time they will work towards recognised qualifications and gain valuable on the job training.

South Shields MP David Miliband said: "I have seen the difference that can be made by a high quality work experience placement that can boost a young person's CV. The Port is setting a great example by bringing in apprentices across the business and it will reap benefits not only for the Port but the local economy as it is an investment in the whole community's future workforce."

The Port has appointed South Tyneside College as its training provider. Lindsey Whiterod, Principal and Chief Executive, said: "This is a fantastic step by the Port of Tyne and we are delighted to be working with them in delivering the apprenticeship programme.

"This kind of commitment is exactly what is needed for young people, their future employment and the local economy. The College has recently undergone a major transformation, creating a very exciting time to be connecting with businesses in the region like the Port of Tyne, and we are thrilled to be providing the Port's apprenticeships."

All apprentice positions will be based on a fixed term contract with the Port, and while it doesn't automatically mean that there is a permanent job at the end of each programme, apprentices will be able to apply for any suitable vacancies that arise and even if unsuccessful, will leave the business with a valuable set of skills, experience and a recognised qualification.

The Port of Tyne has also invested in its organisational infrastructure and is continuing to develop its employees through the introduction of a number of new initiatives including Performance Development Reviews for all employees and a Profit Share Scheme. At the end of last year the Port of Tyne achieved the Silver Award for Investors in People (IIP), placing the Port in the top 2.5% of IIP accredited companies in the UK.

The Port's apprenticeship programme is just one of the ways the Port is investing in the future of the business. Over £120m has been invested in developing port operations over ten years and plans are already in place to expand its operations in South Tyneside with a further £180m project which has the potential to provide 300 more new jobs.

Apprentice recruitment will be taking place in partnership with the National Apprenticeship Service and South Tyneside College. The first seven positions will be advertised on the careers section of the Port's website in the next few weeks.

 

For further information please contact:

Lisa Donohoe, Public Relations Manager

Tel: 0191 455 2671 Mobile: 07912 390777 Email: lisa.donohoe@portoftyne.co.uk

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