Port skills may lead to employment

A training course introducing youngsters to skills needed to work in the busy Port of Blyth could lead to employment opportunities.

Young people from Blyth’s Silx Teen Bar youth project have taken part to in a project to tackle the number of people not in education, employment or training.

The introduction to port operations course tought participants a range of skills, including health and safety, forklift truck operating, manual handling, working at heights, health and wellbeing, slinging and signalling.

The course was delivered as part of the Blyth Tallship Project, which aims to build a replica tallship and sail to Antarctica, and was part-funded by Northumberland County Council’s employability and skills service.

Port Training Services manager Colin Bassam said: “It is vitally important for the future growth of port related industry that the local young people are made aware of the employment potential that the growth of the port and the offshore wind turbine business could bring.

“Through training courses like this they gain news skills and have a better insight into the opportunities that could lie ahead.”

For information about Silx, based in Church Street, in Blyth, call its senior youth worker Jackie Long on (01670) 351 356.