Port Agent Apprenticeship Scheme

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The Institute is facilitating an employer trailblazer group to develop a Port Agent Apprenticeship scheme in England.

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 meetings, trying to identify how best to support our members. 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 role.

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 to current employees who can be moved onto apprenticeships).

The Expression of Interest was lodged with the Department for Education and approved, so we are now developing the apprenticeship standard which is the next step in the process.

The apprenticeship standard must cover a detailed occupational profile and the main tasks of a port agent. It must also define the knowledge, skills and behaviours of a port agent and cover what employers need for occupational competence.

All UK company members were sent the link and asked to complete the survey in the summer to obtain initial feedback on the Port Agent Apprenticeship proposal. Late last year the employer trailblazer group held a meeting to discuss the feedback received so far and develop a draft apprenticeship standard which is attached here.

The Institute can't shape an apprenticeship standard that will be fit-for-all without the input of our company members so we need your help and input.

Please take the time to review this draft standard to see if it meets your requirements for a port agent and send us your comments and support to federation@ics.org.uk