ABP hosts the Humber LEP Recruiters Forum

Associations, Maritime Education and Training, Ports & Terminals — By on February 16, 2015 at 11:38 PM
From Left to Right: Les Bales, AAK;  Kate van der Sluis, Emmerson Kitney; Mano Jameison, Willerby Holiday Homes; Amy Sutcliffe, Tunstall; Peter Harrison, Humber LEP; Nicola Lamb, Cranswick PLC; Carolyn Woolway, Siemens; Carol Richardson, National Probation Service/Manchester College; Jane Spencer, ABP.

From Left to Right: Les Bales, AAK; Kate van der Sluis, Emmerson Kitney; Mano Jameison, Willerby Holiday Homes; Amy Sutcliffe, Tunstall; Peter Harrison, Humber LEP; Nicola Lamb, Cranswick PLC; Carolyn Woolway, Siemens; Carol Richardson, National Probation Service/Manchester College; Jane Spencer, ABP.

Associated British Ports (ABP) in Hull hosted the latest Humber-wide business and industry review to explore employer needs for transferable and employability skills for current and future workforce. 

Chaired by Kate van der Sluis of Emmerson Kitney, those in attendance included; Siemens, AAK, Cranswick PLC, Willerby Holiday Homes, Tunstall, University of Hull, and representatives from the Humber LEP and National Probation Service.

The discussion ranged from addressing the skills gaps and latest labour market report, improving early careers links with regional schools, the development of the Humber University Technical Colleges and Employability passports.

Jane Spencer, Head of HR for ABP Humber is a new member of the forum and said “This is a great opportunity for me to represent the Humber ports of Hull, Goole, Immingham and Grimsby, working alongside like-minded members of the business community to work collaboratively in addressing immediate and emerging skills shortages.”

In her new role with ABP, Jane updated the group about the strategic importance of the Humber ports, saying: “When it comes to the local economy, the Humber ports collectively support 23, 000 jobs and contribute £1.5bn to the region and on a UK scale, the ports here handle two thirds of ABP’s cargo.

“We are struggling to fill critical roles and our demographics indicate a growing need to fill a skills void in logistics and port operations.  This forum provides us with the opportunity to work more joined up with the education establishments for a mutually beneficial outcome”.

The forum also discussed the latest development of University Technical Colleges in the Humber, seen as a positive move to addresses some immediate and emerging skills shortages in engineering and renewables sector.

There are opportunities to expand this offering for essential logistic and commercial skills needed for the port industry and discussions are ongoing with the LEP. The forum meets again in May. For more information contact kate@emmersonkitney.co.uk

www.abports.co.uk

ABP is the UK’s leading ports operator with 21 ports and other transport related businesses creating a unique national network capable of handling a vast array of cargo.

Around one quarter of the UK’s seaborne trade passes through ABP’s Statutory Harbour Areas.  ABP contributes £5.6 billion to the UK economy every year and supports 84, 000 jobs. Our current investment programme promises to deliver an extra £1.75 billion for the economy every year.

ABP…

  • ·         Handled over 1.5 million vehicles in 2013.
  • ·         Generates around one quarter of the UK’s rail freight
  • ·         Has 1.4 million square metres of covered storage
  • ·         Has 1000 hectares of open storage
  • ·         Handled 119m tonnes of cargo in 2013
  • ·         Owns 5000 hectares of port estate
  • ·         Has 87km of quay

Over the next five years, ABP is investing over £650 million in a wide range of major projects across the group.

ABP Humber

The four ports of Grimsby, Immingham, Hull and Goole handle more than 65 million tonnes of cargo between them each year.

Grimsby and Immingham form the UK’s busiest trading gateway and move around 54 million tonnes of cargo per annum.

£75 million is currently being invested in the biomass handling terminal in Immingham, in a Humber-wide agreement with Drax Power Ltd that has seen £25 million invested in a biomass handling facility in Hull. The Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal will handle sustainable biomass shipments and will create over 100 permanent jobs once complete. The construction phase has also created 100 employment opportunities.

The Port of Hull handles 10 million tonnes of cargo per annum and is the is the focal point for the development of the UK’s largest offshore wind turbine construction, assembly, and service facility, which will be located on the Port’s Alexandra Dock. This new facility, coupled with a new rotor blade manufacturing base near Paull to the east of the port estate, represents a £310 million investment and will create up to 1000 direct jobs.

The Grimsby River Terminal represents an investment of £26 million and allows large car-carrying ships to berth outside the Port’s lock system. This development confirms the Port’s position as the UK’s leading automotive handling facility.

More than the equivalent of 1million teus (twenty foot equivalent unit) of unitised trade is shipped through ABP Humber ports.

Ro-ro and container traffic represents more than 30 sailings a week to Europe, Scandinavia the Baltic and beyond.

The Humber ports handle more than 70 freight train movements per day.

 

Associated British Ports (ABP) in Hull hosted the latest Humber-wide business and industry review to explore employer needs for transferable and employability skills for current and future workforce.Chaired by Kate van der Sluis of Emmerson Kitney, those in attendance included; Siemens, AAK, Cranswick PLC, Willerby Holiday Homes, Tunstall, University of Hull, and representatives from the Humber LEP and National Probation Service.

 

The discussion ranged from addressing the skills gaps and latest labour market report, improving early careers links with regional schools, the development of the Humber University Technical Colleges and Employability passports.

 

Jane Spencer, Head of HR for ABP Humber is a new member of the forum and said “This is a great opportunity for me to represent the Humber ports of Hull, Goole, Immingham and Grimsby, working alongside like-minded members of the business community to work collaboratively in addressing immediate and emerging skills shortages.”

 

In her new role with ABP, Jane updated the group about the strategic importance of the Humber ports, saying: “When it comes to the local economy, the Humber ports collectively support 23, 000 jobs and contribute £1.5bn to the region and on a UK scale, the ports here handle two thirds of ABP’s cargo.

 

“We are struggling to fill critical roles and our demographics indicate a growing need to fill a skills void in logistics and port operations.  This forum provides us with the opportunity to work more joined up with the education establishments for a mutually beneficial outcome”.

 

The forum also discussed the latest development of University Technical Colleges in the Humber, seen as a positive move to addresses some immediate and emerging skills shortages in engineering and renewables sector.

 

There are opportunities to expand this offering for essential logistic and commercial skills needed for the port industry and discussions are ongoing with the LEP. The forum meets again in May. For more information contact kate@emmersonkitney.co.uk

 

www.abports.co.uk

 

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Notes to editors:

ABP is the UK’s leading ports operator with 21 ports and other transport related businesses creating a unique national network capable of handling a vast array of cargo.

Around one quarter of the UK’s seaborne trade passes through ABP’s Statutory Harbour Areas.  ABP contributes £5.6 billion to the UK economy every year and supports 84, 000 jobs. Our current investment programme promises to deliver an extra £1.75 billion for the economy every year.

ABP…

  • ·         Handled over 1.5 million vehicles in 2013.
  • ·         Generates around one quarter of the UK’s rail freight
  • ·         Has 1.4 million square metres of covered storage
  • ·         Has 1000 hectares of open storage
  • ·         Handled 119m tonnes of cargo in 2013
  • ·         Owns 5000 hectares of port estate
  • ·         Has 87km of quay

Over the next five years, ABP is investing over £650 million in a wide range of major projects across the group.

ABP Humber

 

The four ports of Grimsby, Immingham, Hull and Goole handle more than 65 million tonnes of cargo between them each year.

 

Grimsby and Immingham form the UK’s busiest trading gateway and move around 54 million tonnes of cargo per annum.

 

£75 million is currently being invested in the biomass handling terminal in Immingham, in a Humber-wide agreement with Drax Power Ltd that has seen £25 million invested in a biomass handling facility in Hull. The Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal will handle sustainable biomass shipments and will create over 100 permanent jobs once complete. The construction phase has also created 100 employment opportunities.

 

The Port of Hull handles 10 million tonnes of cargo per annum and is the is the focal point for the development of the UK’s largest offshore wind turbine construction, assembly, and service facility, which will be located on the Port’s Alexandra Dock. This new facility, coupled with a new rotor blade manufacturing base near Paull to the east of the port estate, represents a £310 million investment and will create up to 1000 direct jobs.

 

The Grimsby River Terminal represents an investment of £26 million and allows large car-carrying ships to berth outside the Port’s lock system. This development confirms the Port’s position as the UK’s leading automotive handling facility.

 

More than the equivalent of 1million teus (twenty foot equivalent unit) of unitised trade is shipped through ABP Humber ports.

 

Ro-ro and container traffic represents more than 30 sailings a week to Europe, Scandinavia the Baltic and beyond.

 

The Humber ports handle more than 70 freight train movements per day.

 

Goole is situated 50 miles upriver and is the UK’s premier inland port. It handles over two million tonnes of cargo annually.

 

 
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