Port authority launches search for apprentices

Published: 10 Jul 2017 By Tom Acres

There’s no better time of year to work on the River Thames, and the Port of London Authority hosted an open day recently to find new marine engineers and deckhands.

The day gave visitors, some as young as 16, the chance to see how the PLA’s fleet of more than 40 boats, plus channel-marking lights and buoys, are maintained.

With the PLA responsible for looking after a 95-mile stretch of the iconic river, from the North Sea through the heart of the city to Teddington Lock in West London, there is certainly a need for a few more apprentices on board.

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Glenn Witham, the PLA’s HR director, said: “Apprenticeships are a great route into work for young people and mean proper training and invaluable experience, as well as a wage.

“Working at the PLA is exciting, as there’s so much variety in what we do. We work in some of the most interesting places on the river in London, Essex and Kent.”

People who could not get along to the open day but are interested in an apprenticeship can find an application form at pla.co.uk, which they should then email to apprentices@pla.co.uk

The salary for these roles is the statutory apprentice wage, dependent on age, and includes 28 days’ paid annual leave and eight paid bank holidays.

Hours of work are 35 per week and include time at college.

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