21 October 2011

Shoreham Port works hard to engage with the local community and supports schools in the surrounding area in a number of ways. Last week local resident and marine enthusiast Craig Searle had the opportunity for a week long work experience placement at Shoreham Port. Craig is a student at St Andrews School in Worthing with an interest in marine operations.

Craig’s placement was primarily focussed on learning about the function of the marine department, but over the course of the week he was afforded time with a broad cross section of Shoreham Port’s workforce. The highlight of the week for Craig was when he had the opportunity to go out on the Tug ‘Adurni’ to learn about the bed levelling process. Craig said “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Shoreham Port and relished the chance to get out onto the water. The staff at Shoreham Port were friendly and enthusiastic and I managed to learn a lot from them”. In addition to the marine based work experience Craig was provided with in an insight into a range of other functions at the Port, including time in the Operations Division and a tour of the Port’s vast property portfolio.

Shoreham Port’s work experience placements are designed to offer young people an insight into working in a busy commercial Port and to equip them with key skills and information for the future. Paul Johnson, Safety and HR Director said that “we recognise the value of work placements and as a significant employer in the local area we do all that we can to accommodate students through creating a range of individual and group learning opportunities”.