Categories: Associated British Ports, Business, Skills, training and careersPublished On: 12.02.2021328 words1.7 min read

To celebrate the beginning of National Apprenticeship Week, Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s leading and best-connected port operator, has launched its popular Apprenticeship Programme, which is looking to find the next generation of colleagues in the maritime and logistics industry.

Applications are now open for a number of different ABP Apprenticeship roles, covering a variety of specialism such as marine, engineering, pilotage, commercial, credit control, procurement, planning and HR, which will be split across ABP’s different locations, including the Humber, East Anglia, Southampton and South Wales.

The port industry in the UK is the second largest in Europe and Associated British Ports (ABP) is the largest port operator in the country, with 21 ports around Britain. ABP’s ports include Immingham, the UK’s largest port by tonnage, and Southampton, the nation’s second largest container port, as well as the UK’s number one for cars and cruise ships.

Every year, ABP handles around 25% of all UK seaborne trade – more than 85 million tonnes of cargo. Collectively the ports handle around 1.4 million containers, 1.7 million vehicles and around 3 million cruise and ferry passengers each year. ABP also owns and runs Britain’s busiest inland rail terminal, Hams Hall.

Kerry Thompson, Head of ABP Academy, said: “We are delighted to open this year’s Apprenticeship Programme for applications. I would like to wish all applicants good luck and we look forward to finding the generation of ABP colleagues to help us keep Britain trading.”

ABP sees apprenticeships as playing an important role in supporting its future talent pipeline. Whilst it is difficult to predict precisely what the future holds in 2021 and beyond, in the light of the current pandemic, the company remains committed to continuing to support current and future apprentices to ensure that they complete their training successfully.

The closing date for applications is Sunday, 21st February. Candidates are invited to follow this link to apply.

For more information about the different Apprenticeships available at ABP, please access our brochure, available here.