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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org