Apprenticeship scheme launched at global port project

DP World London Gateway has launched a new apprenticeship scheme to raise the profile of the job opportunities available at the site.

Due to open later this year on the Thames in Essex, London Gateway will be the UK’s first 21st Century major deep-sea container port and Europe’s largest logistics park.

DP World London Gateway is now on the hunt for 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.

Thames Gateway Minister Brandon Lewis MP, who visited the site yesterday, 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,” he added.

Alongside Stephen Metcalfe, MP for the South Basildon and East Thurrock constituency, Mr Lewis was shown London Gateway’s quay cranes, amongst the largest in the world.

A group of potential candidates from South Essex College were also given a site tour by the London Gateway team.

Simon Moore, CEO at 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.”

He added: “These opportunities are just some of many already offered, as we have many jobs requiring different skills available now.”