Port Skills and Safety and The British Ports Association (BPA) and have welcomed the publication of the Government's new skills route map.
People in Ports Campaign
The BPA and PSS have been closely involved in the development of the route map which includes short, medium and long-term actions and commitments from Government to support maritime skills.
To support this route map and Government's Maritime 2050 Strategy, the BPA are in the process of developing a 'People in Ports' campaign which aims to raise awareness of the ports sector and its importance to local communities and the broader economy.
Welcoming the route map, Sara Walsh, Corporate Services Manager at the British Ports Association, said:
...we are developing a 'People in Ports' campaign which aims to raise awareness of the ports sector and its importance to local communities and the broader economy. This campaign, which will be the first of its kind for the ports sector, will also aim to attract the next generation to think about a career in ports and the broader maritime sector.
Ports Innovate on Skills
Apprenticeships are one particular approach that the industry has invested in to enhance routes into port careers. The sector has developed apprenticeships for port operatives, marine operatives, marine pilots and harbour masters. These are bringing new diverse talent that ports will need to continue to succeed and grow.
PSS members are investing at an organisation level with a range of ambitious and innovative activities, often in partnership with providers, to deliver enhanced learning and skills. One such example is the Maritime Leadership and Development apprenticeship pioneered by Bristol Port and Weston College. Employers are also providing practical and vocational training. For example Port of Blyth delivers high quality skills across the port & marine, warehousing & logistics, heavy industry, subsea and offshore energy sectors.
PSS members are investing at an organisation level with a range of ambitious and innovative activities, often in partnership with providers, to deliver enhanced learning and skills.
Port employers are working with their local communities both to give something back and let people new to the industry see the opportunities for quality careers in ports. The Port of Tilbury’s award-winning Logistics Training Academy in partnership with the Tilbury on the Thames Trust (TTT) has introduced state of the art, ‘fully immersive’ training simulators. These are part of their ‘Attention to Logistics’ training programme and bursary scheme which was created to help ex-service men and women and their families back into work through the ports and logistics sector.
Richard Steele, Chief Executive of Port Skills and Safety, said:
We are wholly committed to the Maritime 2050 principle, that people are at the heart of the strategy.
Ports and maritime will continue to provide rewarding and enriching careers. We need to ensure that we encourage new talent into our sector, improve diversity and embed qualifications and skills now and in the future.
We look forward to working with Government and all stakeholders to deliver the ambitious plans of Maritime 2050 and the People Route Map.