The new dock operations roles in both bulks and container related areas of the business will commence at the end of April, after the existing apprenticeship programme completes.
The programme took over 18 months of training and is on track to achieve 100% success rate with all 13 apprentices achieving a NVQ Level 2 in Dock Operations.
PD Ports initiated the programme in conjunction with the Redcar Development Trust, whose aim it is to support and develop the local youth and their families who want to invest in their own future. Following selection the 13 candidates, ranging from 18-30 years of age participated in a PD Ports specific pre-employment programme lasting 12 weeks, which, on completion, led to a place on the tailor made Dock Operators apprenticeship scheme.
David Robinson, PD Ports’ CEO, commented: "We are delighted to announce the creation of new jobs for our apprentices. The news is particularly pleasing given its National Apprenticeship Week, which helps to highlight the growing importance of apprenticeships as an access route to learn a trade, feel motivated and ultimately gain employment.
"At PD Ports we are fully committed to investing in both our existing workforce and new people seeking opportunities within our business. The introduction of a Dock Operations apprenticeship scheme was a first for us at Teesport. Historically our apprenticeships at Teesport have focussed on electrical and mechanical engineering trades."
Working in partnership with the Redcar Development Trust and the High Tide Foundation, a new charity aimed at raising aspirations and employment opportunities, PD Ports plans to develop similar programmes in 2013.
"With the majority of our existing workforce at Teesport coming from within a three mile radius of the Port, it is vital for the longevity of our business that we invest in the region’s young people today. Our ultimate aim is to engage with the wider industrial community on Teesside through the High Tide foundation to collaborate on issues such as training and skills, and deliver greater prospects of work, employability and skills development in the area," concluded Mr Robinson.