Port Agent Apprenticeship Scheme
The Institute is facilitating an employer trailblazer group to
develop a UK Port Agent Apprenticeship scheme.
Finding and keeping high quality staff within a tough business
environment is a challenge faced by most, if not all, port agency
companies regardless of company size or location.
Federation Council has debated this issue at a
number of our meetings, trying to identify how best to support our
As a Council within the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, our
emphasis has always been on the qualification and examination of
skills and knowledge, not the teaching or mentoring needed to
prepare young agents to be competent and productive in their
We realise that we need to support our members by offering short
courses on key activities (for example the collection of
light dues) but also in a more fundamental and directed
way. Therefore, we're delighted to be developing a national
apprenticeship scheme for port agents.
The project will support employers through subsidised training
and employment and also in the provision of defined training and
skills to new employees (and may even apply tocurrent employees who
can be moved onto apprenticeships). The Expression of Interest has
now been lodged with the Department for Education. As part of the
assessment process the Express of Interest was placed online for
one week by the Department for Education to give interested parties
an opportunity to comment on the proposal.
All UK company members were sent the link and asked
to complete the survey to support the Port
Agent Apprenticeship proposal and encourage any relevant
contacts to do the same.
The Institute can't shape anapprenticeship standard that will
befit-for-all without the input of ourcompany members. In fact,
there is still time to volunteer to be a 'trailblazercompany'.
Our shared goal is by late 2017, we will have in place an
apprenticeship standard that is truly employer led, and that meets
the needs of all employers, of our sector and the maritime services
industry more widely.
If you are interested in joining our trailblazer group or simply
want to find out more about the apprenticeship scheme then please