Operations Apprentice

Apply From: 5th of March 2020
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Location: Ipswich, GB

Company: ABP

We’re the UK's largest ports operator with a network of 21 ports around Britain. We handle around one quarter of the UK's seaborne trade and contribute £7.5 billion to our economy every year.

It’s a story we’re proud of but it doesn’t end there. We’re transforming our business and embracing the future.

We offer a vast range of roles spanning the UK, all rooted in a culture that welcomes diversity, fosters talent, encourages internal movement and progression, and places safety as our number one priority.


Port Operative Apprentice (Level 2)


What’s it all about?

As an island nation, over 95% of trade by volume goes by vessel through the ports around the United Kingdom.  ABP’s unique network of 21 ports is fundamental in keeping Britain trading.  The Port Operation Departments handle multiple cargo types imported to, or exported from the UK, such as cars, food, manufactured goods and raw materials. 


Port Operative Apprentices will safely and efficiently load and discharge vessels in a wide range of locations using various plant and machinery.  At ABP, you will typically handle cargo commodities which can include break bulk, dry bulk, liquid bulk, RoRo and containers.  You will enable the onward movement of all cargo types in support of warehousing and storage operations.


Port operatives may be involved in:

  • Loading, unloading, handling and securing cargo (including general, bulk, project, liquid and freight containers).
  • Warehousing, storage and retrieval e.g. checking, marking and despatching cargo.
  • Roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessel operations, e.g. moving all kinds of wheeled vehicles via ramps.
  • Passenger operations e.g. directing passengers and handling baggage.
  • Workplace transport operations, e.g. directing and moving driving vehicles/cargo
  • Operate heavy machinery, specialised port operating equipment (such as ship-to-shore container and general cargo cranes, conveyor belts/suction pipes for grain and pipelines for oil tankers) and lifting and handling equipment (such as mobile cranes, lift trucks, materials handlers, straddle carriers, reach stackers).


How long does it take?

This apprenticeship will take 12 to 18 months, depending on your performance during the programme.  Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this prior to taking their end-point assessment.


Where are they based?

These apprentices will be based at our port in Ipswich


What are the entry requirements?

  • A good standard of English and numerical reasoning
  • A proactive attitude to health & safety management and incident prevention
  • Able to use initiative and take ownership for own performance
  • A customer-focused approach
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to balance the coursework
  • Strong team-working abilities
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A full UK driving licence is desirable

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