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Dover looks to take on ex-P&O Ferries seafarers

[ March 25, 2022   //   ]

The Port of Dover says it will try to offer help and support to former P&O crew members following the mass redundancies announced by the DP World-owned operator.

The port’s chief executive Doug Bannister, said: “The port community in Dover is close-knit and we are home to the largest local employment site in the area.  It is right that we look at what support we can give at this difficult time and that we work with our partners to reach out to those affected.”

As well as signposting a number of current job vacancies which might be directly suitable, the port is also keen to hear from those who might not meet all of the necessary competencies, but who might be suitable for receiving some reasonable training in order to carry out certain roles.

Head of human resources Emma Williams added: “If people don’t feel that they quite meet the job criteria, please still apply and we will be only too happy to talk with them about how we might be able to offer suitable training for them to succeed in a new role.”

The Port has also mobilised the support of its major contractors to link former P&O Ferries colleagues with a further range of job opportunities in its wider supply chain.  It is also working with its local community partners on further opportunities to offer support.