At the beginning of November, Shoreham Port’s Waste Operative Craig Bennett started training for his NPTC City & Guilds Award in the Safe use of Pesticides. Craig undertook the course at Plumpton College in East Sussex. After an intensive week of training followed by a series of exams, Craig was pleased to hear the news that he had passed the course with flying colours last week.
Craig commented “The most challenging aspect of the course was walking at the same speed to ensure an even covering of the pesticide, whilst calibrating the chemical. It was a hard yet enjoyable week. I have learnt a great deal and look forward to using the skills that I have learnt at work.”
Tim Hague, Property Manager at Shoreham Port commented “Keeping the Port looking smart is hugely important to us. We are increasing our efficiency in weed control by managing it in-house for the first time.”
In addition to weed control, the Port has been working with City College Brighton & Hove on a new cleaning initiative. Students aged 16-19 years old have been volunteering once a week clearing and cleaning the Port’s public access routes and beach areas. The initiative has given the students the opportunity to see the benefits of volunteering, as well as teaching them about conversation and being mindful of keeping areas clear and clean.
Paul Johnson, Director of Compliance at Shoreham Port commented “As a Trust port, it is so important to engage with and help our local colleges and schools. To see how enthused and committed the students have been when out and about clearing the Port is very encouraging. It is rewarding to see the students confidence growing week by week.”
Kirsty McGinn, Tutor Foundation Learning Department at City College Brighton & Hove commented “We appreciate the wonderful volunteering opportunity that Shoreham Port has given to the Foundation Learning Students to work in a real life work experience situation. The students are gaining valuable skills, which will see them in good stead for future employment, as well as increasing their awareness about environmental issues. Craig, Paul and the team have made the group feel incredibly welcome and have been very supportive. We feel that this is a very successful venture. The students are really enjoying their placement at the Port...even in the wind and the rain!”