Shoreham Port strives to engage with their local community and offers a number of varied work experience placements to local schools. Work experience enables students to see first-hand how the Port operates and what is involved in the day to day running of a busy commercial port. It also gives students the unique opportunity to find out what it is like to be an employee at Shoreham Port. Many students have a better idea about the field of work they would like to enter into after their experience at the Port.
This week local resident, Geoffrey Eyre-Walker from Shoreham, joined the Port for one week’s work experience. Geoffrey had the opportunity to work in many of the Port’s different departments, spending time with a cross section of the workforce from marine operations, engineering and commercial operations to marketing, property and administration
Geoffrey commented “I was delighted when I discovered my work experience placement was with Shoreham Port as it would allow me to see for myself the skills required for working in a Port and the potential career opportunities available in an established large employer for the region. Since September 2012 I have been studying at Steyning Grammar Sixth Form and I am currently half way through my A-levels in Geography, Environmental Studies, and Travel and Tourism.
Geoffrey continued “My week started with a thorough induction of the Port, and getting to know the key staff on site. I then I had a tour around the Port, spending time with the lock master, assisting the administration, engineering and marine departments and visited other areas of the Port such as the various commercial properties and the Port operations. The experience has been great and I have really enjoyed myself whilst learning simultaneously. I would like to thank Shoreham Port for this great opportunity”.
James Gray, Tug Master and Marine Works Supervisor at Shoreham Port added “We would like to congratulate Geoffrey on a successful week of work experience at the Port. Thanks to Geoffrey’s hard work and enthusiasm the team have been able to help him develop his skills, and experience the vast elements of work that are involved at Shoreham Port, from operating the lock gates, discharging vessels and engineering through to writing website development and accountancy. We would like to wish Geoffrey the best of luck for his future career”.