Partnership is building up links in the Far East

Port Training Services Colin Bassam meets Chinese colleagues.
Port Training Services Colin Bassam meets Chinese colleagues.

An award winning local training firm has landed a key role in a training partnership between the United Kingdom and China.

Port Training Services, a subsidiary of the Port of Blyth, has been handpicked for the initiative.

Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan, in China.

Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan, in China.

The organisation will provide training and qualification expertise for an international partnership developed by the Association of Colleges and the British Council, the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

The partnership has arisen as a shortage of port and logistics-related training expertise in China has left colleagues in the Far East looking to the UK for assistance in developing vocational qualifications for the Chinese port industry.

The first phase of the partnership saw a delegation of leaders in UK industrial training and qualifications – including those from Port Training Services – make a week-long trip to the Ningbo Region, home to China’s second largest port.

Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan is the busiest in the world in terms of cargo tonnage, having handled cargo of nearly 900million tons in 2015.

A potential tie-in with such an important port infrastructure in Asia could provide significant opportunities for Port Training Services and will help significantly raise their profile abroad.

A delighted Colin Bassam, training manager at Port Training Services, said: “To be invited to take part in this project was a huge honour for me personally and is great for Port Training Services as it recognises us as a leading developer of port-related qualifications internationally and here in the UK.”

The next phase of the partnership will see a delegation of training providers and educators from China visit Blyth as part of a return visit to the UK in 2017, before the partnership is formalised later in the year.