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New look for Teesport Explorers scheme

[ March 10, 2022   //   ]

PD Ports has now relaunched its Teesport Explorers programme as part of a week of International Women’s Day celebrations. First trialled pre-pandemic in 2019, it aims to give primary school children their first glimpse of potential future careers with a trip around the port. It will now be rolled out to primary schools across the Tees Valley in order to open the eyes of as many young people as possible.

Kirsten Donkin, Head of PR, Marketing and Communications at PD Ports, said: “Our first pilot programme of the Teesport Explorers was a great success but unfortunately our plans were brought to a halt as the pandemic took hold soon after.

“Instead of being deterred, we have used the past two years to redevelop the programme, build our relationships with local schools and really focus our attention on building a structured set of materials and programmes that will enable us to support the next generation whilst promoting careers in our industry.”

In February, the company welcomed 30 children from Middlesbrough-based Pennyman Primary Academy to spend time with PD Ports staff from the marketing team, engineering department, harbour police, transport team and operations whilst taking in all the sights and sounds that the port has to offer.

The re-launch of the programme is part of a continuation of PD Ports’  ‘Project Hope’ initiative launched in 2020 to engage partners in business, communities, charity and Government to find new ways to inspire young people.