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PD Ports puts apprentices through their paces

[ August 13, 2014   //   ]

PD Ports called in the army to put its new recruits through a pre-employment programme.

A group of eight long-term unemployed were selected from over 60 applicants to take part in a five week pre-employment programme which on completion resulted in them joining PD Ports as dock operations apprentices.

As part of this programme the cohort spent a week with the 4th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment at Middlesbrough gaining an insight into the Army Reserve. This included learning about camouflage and concealment, first aid, observation and map reading – topped off by a gruelling obstacle course at the Marne Barracks in Catterick.

Developed in conjunction with Redcar Development Trust and with the assistance of the Army Reserve, the programme aims to get the recruits ready to be in work instilling self-esteem, boosting morale, encouraging team work and problem solving as well as nurturing a good work ethic.

The trainees have now started their 18 month apprentice programme and following this it is hoped that all will become permanent employees of PD Ports.