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Maritime Minister meets ABP apprentices at Port of Southampton

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The Port of Southampton has welcomed Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP as she met with current ABP Apprentices based at the UK’s number one export port, to learn more about their roles in the lead up to National Apprenticeship Week (3 – 9 February 2020).

During her visit, apprentices working in different strands of the maritime industry shared their experience and also their prospects for the future. In turn, the Minister was able to discuss the government’s ambitious strategy to encourage more young people to seek out rewarding careers in the sector, as outlined in the Maritime 2050 strategy.

Ghani said: “It is fantastic to see ABP’s continued support of the apprenticeships and the many opportunities for recruits to learn new skills and help shape the future of our industry.

“Encouraging more people to join the maritime sector through apprenticeships is a priority for government. It is great that ABP is making such progress in supporting new talent and growing the maritime workforce.”

At ABP, the past couple of years have been very positive for aspiring apprentices looking to build a career in maritime. The number of apprentices has risen to more than 70, an increase of 20% compared to 2018. The company has also seen an increase in the number of female apprentices from 11% in the 2018 intake, to 16% in the 2019 intake.

Abbie Jones, Apprentice Engineer at the Port of Southampton, said: “The experience working for ABP has been fantastic. It allows people to work on a wide range of equipment every day from cranes and air bridges to pump stations, making it interesting.”

As the largest and best-connected port operator in the UK, ABP has taken a lead in creating apprenticeships that are uniquely tailored to meet business needs and ensure that those who complete its training programmes are equipped with the right sills to succeed. ABP has led the way in the development of Port Marine Operation Officer, Marine Pilot, Port Operative and more recently, the Harbour Masters Apprenticeship standards.

Alison Rumsey, ABP Chief HR Officer, said: “An incredible cohort of apprentices take part every year who are driven, passionate, and full of the entrepreneurial spirit needed to develop leaders of the future.”

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