With it being National Apprenticeship Week, we thought we’d ask Will Hopper, one of our Port Operative Apprentices, a few questions on his role here at the Port of Blyth!

What does your role involve at the Port?

My role at the port involves various warehouse practices such as the loading and unloading of goods using plant machinery. We use forklifts regularly for handling goods and transporting them around the port in preparation for vessels coming in. I attend regular training to gain new plant licenses, enhancing my skillset and improving my confidence within my role.

Why did you choose to do the Port Operations Apprenticeship at the Port of Blyth?

I knew that the Port of Blyth was well-recognised as a highly successful and reputable business and a place where you could gain a long and successful career if you want it. I have thoroughly enjoyed my apprenticeship so far and I look forward to hopefully continuing my employment here, upon completion of my apprenticeship.

What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling on a similar apprenticeship?

This is a great opportunity to learn whilst earning a salary at the same time, with all expenses paid for training purposes. Working for the port industry, you gain invaluable work experience and it offers many opportunities for progression into full-time employment.