This week Shoreham Port held work experience placements for three students from the local area. Rhys Jones, Luke Goff and Katrina Browne were given the unique opportunity to see how things run behind-the-scenes.
Rhys spent one day at the Port starting with a welcome and safety induction from the Port’s Deputy Director of Engineering, Brian Rousell. Brian gave Rhys a tour of the Port, which included the Adur Dry Dock, locks and pump house. Brian spoke in depth with Rhys about the huge variety of Engineering projects which take place throughout the year, as well as what life is like working for such a busy commercial port.
In the afternoon Rhys joined the Marine team and enjoyed a few hours bed levelling and dredging on-board the Port’s tug ‘Adurni’ with Tug Master, Darren Todman. Rhys said he thoroughly enjoyed his time at Shoreham Port and learnt a great deal over the course of the day.
Also starting on Monday, but for a full week of work experience, were Luke Geoff from Downlands Community School in Hassocks and Katrina Browne from Steyning Grammar School. Luke has a keen interest in Engineering and spent the majority of his week alongside the team getting to grips with day-to-day activities.
Luke commented “I’ve really enjoyed my week at Shoreham Port. I was given a thorough overview of what happens with the Engineering Department and got so much out of talking to the different members of staff. My highlight was being on-board the dive boat and assisting with one of the dive operations.
I feel I’ve grown as a person this week, speaking with lots of different adults has really helped my confidence and social skills. I feel very inspired after my week at the Port and will certainly consider a career in Engineering. I have loved being outside doing practical work and I am amazed at the huge variety of projects the team undertake.”
Katrina spent the beginning of her week with the Port’s Ships Agency in the Operations Division and the second half of the week with the Marine Department.
Katrina commented “I’ve had a great week, better than I could have expected. I was excited to spend my week at Shoreham because I hope to work on ships in the future, eventually as a Captain within the leisure sector. I’m also a member of Sussex Yacht Club so regularly sail in and out of the Port.
My highlights were driving the Port’s pilot boat and tug boat, also my experience in the busy Ships Agency. I have learnt about the logistics in place to accommodate vessels coming into the Port and the many different job roles that are needed to keep the Port running smoothly. I’m currently looking at MCA – Officer of the Watch courses at Plymouth University and I am sure my experience at Shoreham Port will help me with my career aspirations.”