Port Agent Apprenticeship Scheme
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.
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 Institute for
Apprenticeships and approved.
We are now delighted to let you know that the next milestone has
been completed with the Standard being accepted and published by
the Institute for Apprenticeships. The Standard can be found
The apprenticeship standard covers a detailed occupational
profile and the main tasks of a port agent. It also defines the
knowledge, skills and behaviours of a port agent and covers what
employers need for occupational competence.
We are now developing the End Point Assessment which is the
independent assessment at the end of the apprenticeship training to
ascertain whether they have achieved occupational competence.
The Institute can't shape an apprenticeship End Port Assessment
that will be fit-for-all without the input of our company members
so we need your help and input.
We would like to thank all the company member
trailblazers who have already and continue to contribute to this
All company members are invited to contribute and are
welcome to send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org