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International shipping boss joins youngsters in celebrating success of new scheme
Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014 and tagged as Education Trust Fund news
International shipping boss joins youngsters in
celebrating success of new scheme
The incoming President of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers
(ICS) joined a group of Teesside students and their parents for a
special event at PD Ports HQ in Middlesbrough on Monday.
Bruce Ogilvy, Director of Paragon Shipping, travelled up from
London to present certificates to ten young people who had
completed the first-ever High Tide Cadet programme, a new scheme
run by The High Tide Foundation, a charity set up by businesses on
Teesport to improve opportunities for young people across the
The after-school programme was designed to introduce young
people to the world of work around the port, and ran over 8
consecutive weeks. During the course, the Cadets visited a
variety of different sites around Teesport, including Casper
Shipping's offices in Middlesbrough, Asda's Teesport Distribution
Centre and David Fox Transport in Grangetown, as well as the port's
Conservancy Department and Tees Dock itself.
Speaking during Monday's ceremony, Mr Ogilvy said: "I am
really proud that the ICS was able to sponsor this programme, which
is the very first of its kind anywhere. We're hoping it
has opened the eyes of these youngsters to the many exciting
opportunities that exist in the port and shipping world, both here
on Teesside and around the globe".
Annabella Smith from Sacred Heart School in Redcar, who
completed the programme, said of her experience: "I
particularly enjoyed visiting the warehouse operations at Asda,
because I was amazed at how large the storage unit was and how easy
it was for operatives to find and collect items for delivery.
Being on the Cadet Programme taught me about the world of work and
what skills are required for each type of job".
High Tide's chairman, Kevin Shakesheff, commented "Through
High Tide we are planning to roll this programme out to schools
across Teesside and have also been invited to work with the ICS to
develop similar programmes in other ports around the world.
We are delighted our first Cadets have gained so much from their
High Tide is a charitable foundation, created and driven
by businesses on Teesport, to raise aspirations and improve
education and employment opportunities for young people on Teesside
by bringing together companies who are customers, suppliers,
operators and investors in Teesside, with the River Tees being the
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