London Gateway begins apprenticeship scheme

By Freddie Pierce
DP World London Gateway has launched a new apprenticeship scheme aimed at raising the profile of job opportunities at the new port development. This w...

 

DP World London Gateway has launched a new apprenticeship scheme aimed at raising the profile of job opportunities at the new port development.

This week the hunt is on to recruit six apprentices to undertake a four-year programme combining study, training, and hands-on work experience in engineering. At the end of the programme, each apprentice will have gained nationally recognised engineering qualifications, setting them up to launch a career in mechanical and electrical engineering.

DP World London Gateway will pay an annual salary for six students to study at college and carry out work experience on-site over a four year period. This will culminate in the award of a Higher National Certificate in engineering.

Simon Moore, CEO, DP World London Gateway, said: “We are now looking for six candidates with a passion for engineering and then we’ll do the rest. The team at DP World London Gateway is committed to delivering highly skilled jobs to the local area and this is a great opportunity for young people to learn and gain valuable experience and qualifications. These opportunities are just some of many already offered, as we have many jobs requiring different skills available now.”

Potential candidates from South Essex College were given a site tour by the London Gateway team in the presence of Simon Metcalfe, local MP and government minister, and Thames Gateway Minister Brandon Lewis.

Thames Gateway Minister Brandon Lewis said: "This fantastic new apprenticeship scheme will create a life changing opportunity for six young people, giving them the building blocks they need to have a highly skilled career in a world class company. Apprenticeships are at the heart of our drive for a stronger economy, and DP World's first class apprenticeship scheme shows what is achievable when Government and the private sector work together to equip future generations with the tools they need to thrive and compete in a global economy."

Stephen Metcalfe MP, South Basildon and East Thurrock, said: “This is great news for South Essex and a great opportunity for local people to take advantage of a global company investing into the area. I’m passionate about helping to drive forward skills in our local area, so I’m very pleased to see DP World investing long term into the youth of the area with this four year programme.”

The selected college provider for the apprentice scheme is South Essex College of Higher Education, with campuses in Thurrock, Basildon and Southend-on-Sea.

People with a passion for engineering are encouraged to find out more by visiting DP World’s Emerging Talent website and to apply by 14th June (search: DP World Emerging Talent).

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