Port Agent Apprenticeship Scheme

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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 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 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 email: federation@ics.org.uk