3 February 2016

The concept of continuous improvement and lifelong learning is firmly engrained within the culture of Shoreham Port. To facilitate this, over the past few months, the Port has been driving personal development forward for all of their staff. The first in a series of skills training courses was a Leadership and Management course attended by a cross section of the Port’s managers and aspiring leaders.

The purpose of the course was to give managers the knowledge, personal abilities and technical skills they need to be an effective manager. The course was led by Sue Noble, Director of Noble Learning who commented “I was impressed from the start how engaged and interested all the managers were to learn new skills and challenge themselves. The managers at Shoreham Port work in a challenging environment and their commitment to embed and implement a whole range of management techniques within the workplace demonstrated their understanding of the benefits of effective management - on themselves, their teams and with the inevitable success of Shoreham Port.”

Gary O’Neill, Engineering Manager (M&E) took part in the course and commented “I enjoyed taking part in the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) course. Sue Noble, our trainer made the lessons fun and interesting. Personality profiling was particularly interesting and taught me how to motivate and coach my team.”

In addition to the Leadership and Management course, the Port has been focussing on developing their staff’s soft skills and held some interactive training on conflict resolution and dealing with difficult people. Gareth Evans, working as a consultant for Live and Learn facilitated the training and said “It has been a joy working with everyone at Shoreham Port. The Port is a learning organisation and they recognise the way appropriate training and development interventions can help in engagement and empowerment. Without exception, they have embraced the training and I am sure that with this attitude of continuous development, they will go from strength to strength"

Alongside honing leadership, management and soft skills all staff are encouraged to pursue role specific training. Throughout the year a vast breadth of statutory and aspirational courses are arranged at the Port, from safety training to Diploma’s in Port Management. Nicky Goldsbrough, Corporate Services Manager added “the importance of learning is instilled in our staff from day one, which is evident in their positive and enthusiastic approach to developing and learning new skills”.