Overview top

The Port Operations Officer apprenticeship is designed to give those interested in working in a marine environment the opportunity to learn about shipping and port operations, while working for a port operator. 

The apprenticeship is designed to give hands-on training in all aspects of port marine operations such as lock and dock operations, mooring boat operations, health & safety tasks within port operations, radio room and marine control centre operations as well as role and responsibilities of the berthing master, dock master and deputies, harbour master and their assistants. 

The apprenticeship consists of both on and off the job training in four phases split between South Shields Marine School and the port itself.

This apprenticeship could lead to specialist and senior roles within the port industry including but not limited to:

  • Berthing Masters
  • Port Management
  • Assistant Harbour Master
  • Assistant Dock Masters
  • Hydrographer
  • Vessel Traffic Services.

This is a Level 4 apprenticeship. 

Entry Requirements top

Applicants are placed at South Shields Marine School by individual employers who will determine their own entry requirements. Due to the nature of the role, it is expected that candidates will meet certain medical standards of physical health.

Assessment top

This apprenticeship will require rigorous and substantial training, typically of around 24 – 30 months, depending on experience and qualifications at entry.

For more details, plase download our Marine Apprenticeship Flyer in the downloads section. 

Further Information top

Cost: Costs vary depending on whether the employer pays the Apprenticeship levy or is a non-levy payer

Dates:  Available on application. 

Further Information:  Please contact apprenticeships@tynecoast.ac.uk for more information. 


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