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The Port of Tyne, one of the UK’s major deep-sea ports, has appointed its first ever Marine Apprentice. This apprenticeship is only the third of its kind in the UK and the only one north of the Humber.
Rebecca Finlay is the Port’s first Marine Operations Officer Apprentice and she is due to begin her studies at South Shields Marine School in September. By the end of her three year apprenticeship, Rebecca will be qualified for a wide range of positions across the marine operation.
The apprenticeship is designed to give students the opportunity to learn about shipping and ports. It provides hands on training in all aspects of marine operations including marine management, pilotage, and hydrography. Rebecca will also spend time in other business areas to gain a comprehensive understanding of the Port and the role of a Marine Operations Officer.
Dillon Brown, Marine Manager at Port of Tyne, said: “This leading apprenticeship helps to ensure that the Port’s marine team is fit for the future. Having completed this apprenticeship myself prior to its formal accreditation, I appreciate the value it brings to the business and the incredible opportunity it provides for young people seeking a career in the industry.”
Speaking about her new role and training, Rebecca Finlay, said: “The apprenticeship is giving me opportunities to develop my skills and knowledge in the marine environment, which will be beneficial in my future career. I’ve been able to see first-hand what’s involved in the work of our pilot boats, the pilots, VTS and even the tug boats, which gives me a much better understanding of the entire operation. I’ve only been at the port for two months, but I’ve already gained valuable experience and skills, and I’m looking forward to completing my apprenticeship and, hopefully, to a long career in the maritime industry.”