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North East Shipping School launch
Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Business leaders are working together to raise awareness of an
often overlooked global industry anchored in the roots of the Tees
The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers has partnered with
Stockton Riverside College to introduce the first phase of a
dedicated shipping school to the region.
Bringing together employers, industry experts and educators, the
North East Shipping School (NESS) will help to demystify the
sector, putting it firmly on the radar of those considering their
By developing a future skilled workforce, the school, which is
the Institute's first in the UK outside of London, aims to help
tackle both current and future skills gaps.
Nikki Sayer, Chair of the North East branch of the Institute of
Chartered Shipbrokers and Customs Manager at Casper Shipping, said:
"The whole journey of products coming from the other side of the
world is invisible to people and shipping is a massive part of
that. We want to open people's eyes to the vast opportunities that
are out there and offer accessible training for those starting out
and also those progressing in their careers."
With global trade high on the UK's agenda, the potential for an
increased demand in skills is clear.
PD Ports' Chief Executive Officer, Frans Calje, said: "Every
business needs good people and at PD Ports we invest heavily to
support the ongoing learning and development of our people.
"With over 95% of all UK imports arriving in the country on a
ship, it's easy to see how the maritime industry is critical to the
UK economy and society generally yet it lacks visibility, in
particular, amongst young people. Our aim through the North East
School of Shipping is to raise visibility of the abundance of
opportunities and variety of roles available, making it a career of
choice for the next generation in the Tees Valley."
Welcoming the Shipping School to the region, Tees Valley Mayor,
Ben Houchen, said: "Teesside is a trading region, we always have
been and always will be. As Britain once again looks outwards
to the rest of the world with an independent trade policy, ports
like Teesport are going to be even more important to our local
economy than they are now.
"This, coupled with the exciting prospect of Teesport and the
South Tees Development Corporation site becoming one of the UK's
first free ports, means we need to make sure our young people have
the skills needed to take advantage of the new job opportunities
created around the port.
"By locating the new Shipping School here in the Tees Valley it
means our young people can develop the right skills safe in the
knowledge that what they are learning is exactly what they need to
get on and develop a career."
Based on the London School of Shipping model, the North East
Shipping School will provide a range of courses to those starting
out in the shipping industry, delivered by Stockton Riverside
Michael Duffey, Stockton Riverside College's Head of Department
for Construction and Professional Services, said: "The College has
been working closely with industry employers and experts for
several years to provide training opportunities and raise awareness
of the logistics industry, resulting in the Tees Valley Logistics
Academy. The introduction of the Shipping School with the Institute
of Chartered Shipbrokers seemed like a natural progression in our
mission to raise awareness and help to plug future skills
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