Marine Operations Apprentice

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    Associated British Ports
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    Marine Operations Apprentice
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We’re the UK's largest ports operator with a network of 21 ports around Britain. We handle around one quarter of the UK's seaborne trade and contribute £7.5 billion to our economy every year.

It’s a story we’re proud of but it doesn’t end there. We’re transforming our business and embracing the future.

We offer a diverse range of apprenticeship opportunities spanning the UK, all rooted in a culture that welcomes diversity, fosters talent, encourages internal movement and progression, and places safety as our number one priority.

Port Marine Operations Officer Apprentice (Level 4)

Where are they based?

This apprenticeship is based in Southampton.

What’s it all about?

As an island nation, over 95% of trade by volume goes by ship through more than 100 ports around the United Kingdom. UK ports employ around 118,000 people – from container and bulk cargo ports, to passenger terminals, to leisure and marinas. ABP’s Marine Operations Teams ensure the safe transit and handling of vessels in and out of the port. The Port Marine Operations Officer apprenticeship programme is designed for individuals who are interested in developing their career in a marine environment and provides a rare and exciting opportunity to learn about shipping and port operations.

As a Port Marine Operations Apprentice you may be involved in: the 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. We look for highly motivated individuals as this is an extremely responsible position with a key contribution to the safe and efficient operation of the port.

You will receive hands-on training in various aspects of port marine operations such as lock and dock operations, mooring boat operations, health and safety task within a port operation, radio room and marine control centre operations. You will be required to work various shifts in all environments to support our customers’ needs. Throughout the programme you will also gain an understanding of the role and responsibilities of the Berthing Master, Dock Masters and deputies, Harbour Masters and their assistants.

What are the career opportunities?

This apprenticeship could lead to specialist and senior roles within the port industry including: Berthing Master, Assistant Harbour Master, Assistant Dock Master, Hydrographer, Vessel Traffic Services and roles in port management.

How long does it take?

This apprenticeship involves rigorous and substantial training up to 3 years.

What are the entry requirements?

  • 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above which must include English and Maths
  • A keen interest in the marine/port industry
  • Able to use initiative and take ownership for own performance
  • Strives to achieve the best results with a talent for problem-solving
  • Resilience, with the ability to maintain a positive attitude when working under pressure
  • Strong team-working and leadership abilities
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A proactive attitude to health & safety management and incident prevention
  • A full UK/EU driving license

Additional Information:

When joining ABP you will find an environment that is both welcoming and challenging. We reward our employees well and offer a generous remuneration package, employer pension, private health insurance and a range of other benefits.
Please note that ABP undertake random screening for substance abuse and operate a zero-tolerance policy. A medical will be required before starting this position also.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their background, which helps us to provide a diverse and inclusive working environment.

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