ABP and Modal master apprentice-ships
ON BOARD: Ella Brown and Amanda Viljoen, ABP’s marine and pilot apprentice training manager, on the bridge
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 10 Jul 2017
IT is the busiest trading gateway in the UK, so learning to be a marine pilot on the Humber can be a daunting proposition.
Thanks to an innovative partnership between Humber ports operator ABP and Immingham-based training provider Modal, marine apprentices are now practicing on state-of-the-art simulators before they get their hands on the real thing.
And it’s not just marine apprentices, the Grimsby Institute-owned and Humber Local Enterprise Partnership-backed £7 million logistics training facility – which opened earlier this year – provides training for many allied sectors.
Modal’s marine, crane and HGV simulators enable them to train individuals, develop teams and test processes quickly and cost effectively.
ABP’s Humber port director, Simon Bird, said: “This arrangement perfectly captures our relentless focus on innovation and on safety. Our people are getting the very highest standard of training which in turn means our customers are getting the highest levels of service and the Humber is an even safer and more efficient environment for everyone.”
Having liaised closely with ABP on this project, Ella Brown, business development manager for Modal Training, said: “ABP has been instrumental in helping us shape what we can offer here at Modal.
“Having the input from ABP’s various teams about their own training needs has enabled us to put our simulators to the test and stretch the boundaries of the training and skills opportunities we could offer.
“The current training packages provided for their employees have a great synergy with our own company ethos and will no doubt provide many local people with fantastic career prospects.
“We are thrilled to being working with everyone at ABP.”