Apprentices are often considered the lynchpins of the port industry. Trained individuals whose enthusiasm and dedication encourages the development of existing skills as well as the introduction and correct allocation of talent to the sector. However, many ports may be unaware of the processes required in order to secure an apprentice while others may believe the cost of training for three years are too great. To help clear any confusion and in time for National Apprenticeship Week 2021, PSS have produced a step by step guide to sourcing, funding, and training apprentices in the maritime sector. This handy booklet also contains a case study on the impact a good apprentice and mentor can have on a business, as well as answers to frequently asked questions and a list of contacts and resources to get operators started. Due to differences in qualifications and arrangements, the guide only applies to apprenticeship programs in England, however PSS is committed to producing similar booklets for our members in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland later this year.
For more information, and to read the booklet, please see the PDF attached.