Apprenticeship Scheme Launched At Britain`s

Apprenticeship Scheme Launched At
Britain’s New Global Shipping Port
London, 20 May 2013, DP World London Gateway launched its new apprenticeship scheme
during a visit from a government minister today and local MP, Stephen Metcalfe.
Brandon Lewis MP, Minister for Thames Gateway, joined the London Gateway team to
support the new apprenticeship scheme being rolled out and to raise the profile of many
other live job opportunities available at London Gateway.
From today, DP World London Gateway, located on the Thames in Essex, is on the hunt for
six apprentices to undertake a four-year programme combining study, training, and hands-on
work experience in engineering. At the end of the programme, each apprentice will have
gained nationally recognised engineering qualifications, setting them up to launch a career in
mechanical and electrical engineering.
DP World London Gateway will pay an annual salary for six students to study at college and
carry out work experience on-site over a four year period. This will culminate in the award of
a Higher National Certificate in engineering.
During the launch, Brandon Lewis MP and Stephen Metcalfe MP were shown London
Gateway’s quay cranes, amongst the largest in the world, and had the chance to see what
working at London Gateway would be like. A group of potential candidates from South Essex
College were also given a site tour by the London Gateway team.
Thames Gateway Minister Brandon Lewis said: "This fantastic new apprenticeship scheme
will create a life changing opportunity for six young people, giving them the building blocks
they need to have a highly skilled career in a world class company. Apprenticeships are at
the heart of our drive for a stronger economy, and DP World's first class apprenticeship
scheme shows what is achievable when Government and the private sector work together to
equip future generations with the tools they need to thrive and compete in a global
Simon Moore, CEO, DP World London Gateway, said: “We are now looking for six
candidates with a passion for engineering and then we’ll do the rest. The team at DP World
London Gateway is committed to delivering highly skilled jobs to the local area and this is a
great opportunity for young people to learn and gain valuable experience and qualifications.
These opportunities are just some of many already offered, as we have many jobs requiring
different skills available now.”
Stephen Metcalfe MP, South Basildon and East Thurrock, said: “This is great news for South
Essex and a great opportunity for local people to take advantage of a global company
investing into the area. I’m passionate about helping to drive forward skills in our local area,
so I’m very pleased to see DP World investing long term into the youth of the area with this
four year programme.”
The selected college provider for the apprentice scheme is South Essex College of Higher
Education, with campuses in Thurrock, Basildon and Southend-on-Sea.
Angela O’Donoghue, Principal and Chief Executive at South Essex College, said: “We are
delighted to be delivering Advanced Engineering Apprenticeships with such a major
employer. These are really exciting times for the area and we are thrilled to be part of it.
There’s no better way to back young people’s aspirations than an apprenticeship; it is an
investment in the skills that will make a huge difference to their careers. This important
partnership between South Essex College and DP World London Gateway is a major
contribution towards helping train and develop the next generation of engineering talent and
helping this area to maintain its leading position for the future.”
People with a passion for engineering are encouraged to find out more by visiting DP
World’s Emerging Talent website and to apply by 14th June (search: DP World Emerging
Notes to Editors:
Potential Apprentices and Angela O’Donoghue CEO South Essex College visiting London Gateway
today with Brandon Lewis Minister for Thames Gateway, Stephen Metcalfe MP for South Basildon
and East Thurrock and Simon Moore CEO London Gateway.
About London Gateway
Opening in Q4 2013, London Gateway will be the UK’s first 21st Century major deep-sea container
port and Europe’s largest logistics park. Owned and operated by DP World and situated on the north
bank of the River Thames, London Gateway will provide unrivalled deep-sea shipping access to the
largest consumer markets in the UK. The port's location, with its superior operational systems and
service, will ensure ships load and unload as fast as possible, making London Gateway a world class
asset for the UK.
About DP World
DP World has a portfolio of more than 65 marine terminals across six continents (1), including new
developments underway in India, Africa, Europe, South America and the Middle East.
Container handling is the company’s core business and generates around 80% of its revenue. In
2012, DP World handled more than 56 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units). With its
committed pipeline of developments and expansions, capacity is expected to rise to more than 100
million TEU by 2020, in line with market demand.
DP World has a dedicated, experienced and professional team of 28,000 people serving its
customers around the world, and the company constantly invests in terminal infrastructure, facilities
and people to provide quality services today and tomorrow, when and where customers need them.
In taking this customer-centric approach, DP World is building on the established relationships and
superior level of service demonstrated at its flagship Jebel Ali facility in Dubai, which has been voted
“Best Seaport in the Middle East” for 18 consecutive years.
As of April 2013.
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