Port Training Services is an approved EAL/SQA Training Centre capable of delivering NVQ/apprenticeships in many different areas.

A new apprenticeship scheme is helping to secure the future of the region’s Ports.

Instrumented by the Port of Blyth’s Training division, the new programme aims to introduce a new breed of workers into the industry. Adopted by Ports across the UK, the Ofqual and EAL/SQA accredited apprenticeships will focus on the traditional Port roles of stevedoring.

Award in Maritime Studies 500/3142/9

The objective of this award is to ensure that the Maritime industry has an appropriate introductory qualification to the industry, as the current provision does not fully satisfy the requirements of the whole industry. This qualification consists of 2 units which deal with an introduction to the Maritime industry.

Diploma in Marine Engineering Level 2

This qualification is a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ). It involves the skills and knowledge needed for occupations in marine engineering, the ability to organise work and identify and prevent problems. NVQs are based on national occupational standards, which the learner must meet to be competent in a particular task. The achievement of NVQs will encourage an employee to value their contribution to the workplace, and it will develop their skills and potential within the marine engineering field.

Functional Skills English Level 1 500/9833/0

These generic qualifications show the ability to apply skills in communication, listening and problem solving to progress and succeed in learning, employment and everyday life. English demonstrates skills in reading, writing and speaking, listening and communication.

Functional Skills English Level 2 500/9834/2

These generic qualifications show the ability to apply skills in communication, listening and problem solving to progress and succeed in learning, employment and everyday life. English demonstrates skills in reading, writing and speaking, listening and communication.

Functional Skills ICT Level 1 501/1135/8

These generic qualifications show the ability to apply skills in communication, listening and problem solving to progress and succeed in learning, employment and everyday life. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) focuses on using ICT systems to find, select, develop, present and communicate information.

Functional Skills ICT Level 2 501/1138/3

These generic qualifications show the ability to apply skills in communication, listening and problem solving to progress and succeed in learning, employment and everyday life. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) focuses on using ICT systems to find, select, develop, present and communicate information.

Functional Skills Maths Level 1 501/1187/5

These generic qualifications show the ability to apply skills in communication, listening and problem solving to progress and succeed in learning, employment and everyday life. Mathematics involves selecting and processing information, and interpreting and communicating the results.

Functional Skills Maths Level 2 501/1139/5

These generic qualifications show the ability to apply skills in communication, listening and problem solving to progress and succeed in learning, employment and everyday life. Mathematics involves selecting and processing information, and interpreting and communicating the results.

Logistics Operations Level 3

This qualification allows learners to demonstrate the skills and knowledge needed to supervise a variety of logistics activities. Learners take three mandatory units covering health, safety, security, effective contribution to a business and optimising the use of logistics resources. Further credit comes from a wide range of optional units, covering areas including leadership, compliance, scheduling and environmental awareness.

Marine Engineering Level 3 NVQ 600/1764/8

This qualification is a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ). It involves the skills and knowledge needed for occupations in marine engineering including the ability to organise work and identify and prevent problems. NVQs are based on national occupational standards, which the learner must meet to be competent in a particular task. The achievement of NVQs will encourage an employee to value their contribution to the workplace, and it will develop their skills and potential within the marine engineering field.

Performing Engineering Operations Level 1

This qualification is a National Vocational qualification (NVQ). It involves the skills and knowledge needed to do the job, ability to organise work and identify and prevent problems. NVQs are based on national occupational standards, which the learner must meet to be competent in a particular task. The achievement of NVQs will encourage an employee to value their contribution to the workplace, and it will develop their skills and potential.

Performing Engineering Operations Level 2

This qualification is a National Vocational qualification (NVQ). It involves the skills and knowledge needed to do the job, ability to organise work and identify and prevent problems. NVQs are based on national occupational standards, which the learner must meet to be competent in a particular task. The achievement of NVQs will encourage an employee to value their contribution to the workplace, and it will develop their skills and potential.

Plant Operations Level 2 600/6494/8

This qualification is for learners working in the construction and the built environment sector working across a broad range of areas and is designed to assess occupational competence in the workplace.

Port Operations Level 2 600/5266/1

This qualification is a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ). It involves the skills and knowledge needed for occupations in Port operations including the ability to organise work and identify and prevent problems.

Stevedoring Essentials Level 2 600/1283/3

This qualification focuses on knowledge. This ensures that when the learner completes the qualification they will have gained the knowledge and some expectation of some of the situations that they could face in a job role within the sector. It covers the level 2 knowledge and understanding of Stevedoring and has been developed in consultation with colleges, training associations and the Port skills and safety.

Warehousing and Storage Level 2 501/1707/5

Learners involved in the movement and storage of goods can use this qualification to demonstrate the skills and knowledge needed for various logistics activities. Learners take two mandatory units covering health, safety, security and effective working relationships. Further credit comes from a wide range of optional units, covering activities including picking, processing, assembling and dispatching orders, and moving and handling goods and equipment.

Warehousing and Storage Level 3 601/7369/5

This qualification is a Vocationally Related Qualification (VRQ) which sits on the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) and has been approved by employers within the Warehousing and Storage industry. The qualification focuses on the knowledge and, where appropriate, the practical skills associated with Warehousing & Storage. This arrangement ensures that when the learner completes the qualification they will have gained knowledge and practical experience of some of the situations that they could face within the occupational sector in which it is being delivered.

Apprenticeships are vitally important to the Port industry.

Colin Bassam, Training Manager

Port Training Services - NVQs and Apprenticeships
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Colin Bassam, Training Manager

Apprenticeships are vitally important to the Port industry.

Colin Bassam, training manager for Port Training Services, said: “In the North East we have a lot of ports, stretching from Blyth, the Tyne, Sunderland, and Seaham, down to Tees and Hartlepool. We have always been a traditional industry that has never gone away. However we have an ageing and a stable workforce with people being in the job for many years. Unfortunately these people are now retiring which means potentially these skills could be lost.

“Apprenticeships are vitally important to the Port industry. The potential for the North East Ports at the minute is growing. The Port of Tyne is booming, and here at the Port of Blyth we are looking to expand our work in the Offshore Renewables Sector. It is vitally important that we start bringing young people in, otherwise we won’t have the capacity and the skills in the future to compete. We handle a large volume of high tech project cargo and we need a high standard of competency of staff to ensure a safe and efficient operation .”

Port Training Services, the training division of the Port of Blyth, was set up to deliver training to the Port of Blyth and quickly expanded into working with other ports across the UK. Working closely with the lead body of the Port industry, Port Skills and Safety in London, the Port of Blyth is proud that the framework it developed has been rolled out nationally stretching from the Orkneys in the North, all the way down to Southampton in the south.

Mr Bassam said: “Apprenticeship schemes like this are the only way to go to bring new people into the industry. We hope it’s going to be an ongoing project and is helping to secure the future of all our regional Ports.”