Port Operative - Apprenticeship - Level 2

Throughout the year
53 weeks
Balliol Road Campus

Apprenticeship Details

Port Operatives have key roles in enabling businesses to deliver on time and safely. Cargo can include any goods imported to, or exported from the UK, such as cars, food, manufactured goods and raw materials and the work they do depends on the type of ship or cargo.

Operatives in larger ports tend to specialise, but smaller ports often require them to perform a wide range of duties.

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.
  • On-shore mooring and vessel handling operations.
  • Passenger operations e.g. directing passengers and handling baggage.
  • Workplace transport operations, e.g. directing and moving driving vehicles/cargo
    Infrastructure operations e.g. operating lock gate and bridges.
  • Operate heavy machinery, operate 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 etc.).

A Port Operative may be required to work on board any type and size of moored or anchored vessel in a port.  Port Operatives typically work in teams under the direction of a supervisor and are an essential part of the core function of a port and maintaining a safe environment. Working hours may include unsocial hours and working outdoors in inclement weather is probable. There may be some on-call requirement and shift and weekend work is likely.

  • Aged 16+
  • You must be employed within a relevant environment and demonstrate at least entry level skills in an initial Maths and English assessment.

Individual employers will determine their own entry requirements but due to the nature of the role it is expected that candidates will meet certain medical standards of physical health.  Possession of a driving license is likely to be advantageous.

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Most apprenticeships take between 12 - 18 months to complete.

Yes, you will be paid by your employer for the duration of your apprenticeship. You will be paid at least the government’s minimum wage rate for apprentices, £3.70. A lot of employers pay their apprentices a higher hourly wage than the minimum rate.

This is ultimately up to your employers, but more than 90% of apprentices stay in employment after their course ends.

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