The four-year programme for apprentices consists of one year spent in acquiring basic core engineering and theory skills with NETA Training Group, followed by three years working alongside a tradesman mentor. At the end of the four-year programme, each apprentice is qualified to HNC (High National Certificate) level. Three of the apprentices who have successfully completed the programme will shortly be starting company-sponsored degree courses with local universities.
Since the tailored training programme began some seven years ago, PD Ports has successfully led 22 young people through their apprenticeships. Russ McCallion, PD Ports’ group HR director, said: “We are delighted to see the success of our training of young people coming to fruition. It is crucial as our more senior tradesmen retire, that we have competent young apprentices eager to learn a trade at the Port and take the reins.”
He continued: “Increasingly, employers are seeking skilled technician staff with a trade and good educational achievements, rather than simply a traditional degree, and for PD Ports the answer is through tailored apprenticeships. We are especially pleased with our continuing and highly successful collaboration with NETA Training Group, both in apprentice training and in a range of other training activities.”