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DP World London Gateway launches its new apprenticeship scheme with South Essex College

Brandon Lewis MP, Minister for Thames Gateway, joined the London Gateway team recently to support a new apprenticeship scheme being rolled out and to raise the profile of many other live job opportunities available at London Gateway.

DP World London Gateway, located on the Thames in Essex, is on the hunt for six apprentices to undertake a four-year programme combining study, training, and hands-on work experience in engineering. At the end of the programme, each apprentice will have gained nationally recognised engineering qualifications, setting them up to launch a career in mechanical and electrical engineering.

DP World London Gateway will pay an annual salary for six students to study an Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship at South Essex College and carry out work experience on-site over a four year period. This will culminate in the award of a Higher National Certificate in engineering.

During the launch, Brandon Lewis MP and Stephen Metcalfe MP were shown London Gateway’s quay cranes, amongst the largest in the world, and had the chance to see what working at London Gateway would be like. A group of potential candidates from South Essex College were also given a site tour by the London Gateway team.

Thames Gateway Minister Brandon Lewis said: "This fantastic new apprenticeship scheme will create a life changing opportunity for six young people, giving them the building blocks they need to have a highly skilled career in a world class company. Apprenticeships are at the heart of our drive for a stronger economy, and DP World's first class apprenticeship scheme shows what is achievable when Government and the private sector work together to equip future generations with the tools they need to thrive and compete in a global economy."

Simon Moore, CEO, DP World London Gateway, said: "We are now looking for six candidates with a passion for engineering and then we’ll do the rest. The team at DP World London Gateway is committed to delivering highly skilled jobs to the local area and this is a great opportunity for young people to learn and gain valuable experience and qualifications. These opportunities are just some of many already offered, as we have many jobs requiring different skills available now."

Stephen Metcalfe MP, South Basildon and East Thurrock, said: "This is great news for South Essex and a great opportunity for local people to take advantage of a global company investing into the area. I’m passionate about helping to drive forward skills in our local area, so I’m very pleased to see DP World investing long term into the youth of the area with this four year programme."

The selected college provider for the apprentice scheme is South Essex College of Further and Higher Education, with campuses in Thurrock, Basildon and Southend-on-Sea.

Angela O’Donoghue, Principal and Chief Executive at South Essex College, said: "We are delighted to be delivering Advanced Engineering Apprenticeships with such a major employer. These are really exciting times for the area and we are thrilled to be part of it. There’s no better way to back young people’s aspirations than an apprenticeship; it is an investment in the skills that will make a huge difference to their careers. This important partnership between South Essex College and DP World London Gateway is a major contribution towards helping train and develop the next generation of engineering talent and helping this area to maintain its leading position for the future."

People with a passion for engineering are encouraged to find out more by visiting DP World’s Emerging Talent website and to apply by Friday 14th June.

About London Gateway

Opening in Q4 2013, London Gateway will be the UK’s first 21st Century major deep-sea container port and Europe’s largest logistics park. Owned and operated by DP World and situated on the north bank of the River Thames, London Gateway will provide unrivalled deep-sea shipping access to the largest consumer markets in the UK. The port's location, with its superior operational systems and service, will ensure ships load and unload as fast as possible, making London Gateway a world class asset for the UK.

About DP World

DP World has a portfolio of more than 65 marine terminals across six continents

(1), including new developments underway in India, Africa, Europe, South America and the Middle East.

Container handling is the company’s core business and generates around 80% of its revenue. In 2012, DP World handled more than 56 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units). With its committed pipeline of developments and expansions, capacity is expected to rise to more than 100 million TEU by 2020, in line with market demand.

DP World has a dedicated, experienced and professional team of 28,000 people serving its customers around the world, and the company constantly invests in terminal infrastructure, facilities and people to provide quality services today and tomorrow, when and where customers need them.

In taking this customer-centric approach, DP World is building on the established relationships and superior level of service demonstrated at its flagship Jebel Ali facility in Dubai, which has been voted "Best Seaport in the Middle East" for 18 consecutive years.

(1) As of April 2013.

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