Pupils get insight into work at Port

Pupils from Blyth schools are taken on a tour of the Port of Blyth.
Pupils from Blyth schools are taken on a tour of the Port of Blyth.

Students have been given an insight in the past, present and future of one of Blyth’s key employers.

Port Training Services hosted more than 360 Year 6 pupils on an education and outreach programme, giving them a chance to tour the Port of Blyth.

Pupils from Blyth schools are taken on a tour of the Port of Blyth.

Pupils from Blyth schools are taken on a tour of the Port of Blyth.

The scheme highlighted the opportunities and potential offered by the port to young people through apprenticeships and initiatives, such at the Port of Blyth-funded Blyth Tall Ships charitable project.

Pupils also got to work with scientists at the Blyth-based Newcastle University Marine Station, exploring marine technology, as well as being given a tour of the commercial port and learning all about its history and heritage.

Port Training Services, a training division of the Port of Blyth, works closely with the industry leading body Port Skills and Safety to deliver a training framework to port workers throughout the UK.

Colin Bassam, training manager at Port Training Services, said: “It’s great to invite children from the local schools into the port, as quite often security restrictions prevent public access.

“This scheme gives students a greater insight into our operation and promotes the career opportunities that are being created in both ports and by the offshore renewable energy sector.”

Martin Lawlor, chief executive of Port of Blyth said: “Through Port Training Services we aim to provide our staff, and those based at other ports, with the absolute best training available in the industry.”

“As a trust port we also have a responsibility to support young people in our community and through this excellent programme delivered by PTS we are delighted to offer students an insight into opportunities available within the Port.”