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Port Marine Operations Officer apprenticeship

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The port marine operations officer apprenticeship can be used to develop new entrants and to upskill or reskill the existing workforce.

Occupational profile

The port marine operations team assists in ensuring the safe transit and handling of vessels into and out of the port.

A port marine operations officer may work as a leader or member of a port/harbour marine operations team and may be involved in: berthing of vessels, port control and marine services, operation of harbours and marinas, conservancy, environmental protection, statutory compliance and operation of harbour marine craft within the Harbour Authority area of jurisdiction.

This is a highly responsible position with a key contribution to the safe and efficient operation of the harbour. The role may involve shift working and working in all environments.


This is a level 4 apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

Individual employers will determine their own entry requirements; but due to the nature of the role it is expected that candidates will meet certain medical standards of physical health.

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking their end point assessment.

Typical duration

24-30 months, excluding end point assessment.


With further training, progression could be to the harbour master apprenticeship.


This apprenticeship has a maximum funding cap of £12,000. It is paid for by employers via the Apprenticeship Service.

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