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Liverpool2 set to create Merseyside jobs boom

[ August 28, 2014   //   ]

The new Liverpool2 container terminal will boost Merseyside employment by around 5,000 jobs, says Peel Ports. Two-thirds of the direct jobs are expected to be taken by people living within a ten mile radius of the port, and will include full- and part-time opportunities for stevedores, pilots, launch crew, line handlers, plant operators, haulage administrators, vessel planning and supervision staff, and work in management, accounts and commercial services.

However, the recruitment process is presently focused on filling specialised engineering and technology roles. So far eight positions have been filled at the Port of Liverpool and from early 2015, recruitment will increase significantly, with the focus shifting to operational roles at the port.

But with the UK maritime sector facing an estimated shortfall of 5,000 staff over the next few years and major developments such as Liverpool2 and the Mersey Gateway’s need for a steady supply of skilled workers, Peel Ports is working with a number of specialised education and training providers across the region such as Hugh Baird College, Mersey Maritime, Liverpool John Moore’s University and Liverpool Community College.  The Group already has an extensive apprenticeship programme in place in partnership with MECNW, employing around 40 apprentices in electrical and mechanical engineering roles.

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