Wednesday, December 12, 2012

New Container Shipping Port Has an Eye on the Future

Assisting With Student Skills May Prove a Shrewd Investment
Shipping News Feature

UK – As the economy wobbles along talk often inevitably revolves around jobs and their creation and the new DP World project to reinvigorate River Thames shipping traffic with the construction of a brand new container port, London Gateway, is already hosting one of the country’s biggest building projects giving jobs to thousands of workers as the first of the giant deepwater berths nears completion.

In the long term however the scheme is dedicated to build the largest logistics park in Europe and DP World are taking every opportunity to engage the Essex community whilst keeping a commercial eye out for local talent amongst the native youngsters, staff who will be required to man the plethora of posts likely to become available as the situation develops.

Whilst the port, the first phase of which is expected to open at the tail end of 2013, is anticipated to create 2,000 jobs, the logistics park has the potential to employ up to another 10,000 as, if expected, sufficient firms transfer dedicated distribution centres to a location which lies at the very heart of Britain’s busiest trading area.

With this in mind London Gateway was partnered with Palmer’s College to provide a ‘Next Top Boss’ challenge. This programme is an initiative from local Thurrock Council aiming to help build skills needed to help launch students’ careers and recently students from the College’s first and second year learned about one of the UK’s largest job creation projects while working to develop important skills including critical thinking, researching and presenting, which will help enhance their future career prospects.

Sixteen students started their day with a presentation and tour of London Gateway, before beginning work on researching and preparing a presentation for the Business Board on how one of the most advanced ports in the world could use technology to automate the port. The teams presented their ideas and solutions to the London Gateway Business Board, who provided valuable feedback on each teams presentation skills, content, collaboration and organisation. Mark Vinall, Principal of Palmer’s College said:

"I am delighted that DP World chose Palmer's College as their Next Top Boss partner and our students are really enjoying the real life challenge of working with a world class organisation that is making such an enormous contribution to the economic prosperity of Thurrock".

Commenting on the day’s events Victoria Tobin, London Gateway Human Resources Manager concluded:

“These college students are our potential future employees and it is encouraging to see that they are prepared to face challenges and build the skills that they are expected to have when the enter the work place.”

Photo: Palmer’s College Students show off their certificates of having participated in London Gateway’s Next Top Boss, Business Challenge to build new skills and enhance employability