Peel Ports to invest £300K in apprentice training

Thu, January 17th, 2019

Five-fold increase in staff going through vocational education expected by 2019

Peel Ports is to invest around £300,000 via the apprenticeship levy to train around 100 existing staff. The new intake marks a five-fold increase in staff being put through vocational education, with 19 employees being trained in 2018.

The training will cover subjects from leadership to port operations and involve workers from Peel Ports’ locations in Liverpool, Manchester, Heysham and eventually Sheerness and Great Yarmouth.

The investment is part a wider programme of professional development that will see nearly 10% of the entire Peel Ports workforce of 1600 taking part in additional learning throughout 2019.

Much of the training is being delivered in partnership with West Lancashire College, although Peel Ports also retains strong links with a range of education providers in the Liverpool city region.

Peel Ports’ Chief Executive Mark Whitworth said: “It’s always been clear to me that we must invest in our next generation of talent, as they will deliver and lead our services in years to come. I’m very proud of the support we’re providing these apprentices and even happier that so many of them have made such a commitment to their own personal development.”

Over the last year Peel Ports has continued to grow, increasing its headcount by nearly 10%. It has also transferred-in more than 300 agency staff, underpinned by a new three-year pay deal and enhanced terms and conditions that will improve their work-life balance and improve financial security for them and their families.

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