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Port / RoRo Operative Apprentice DFDS SEAWAYS PLC

DFDS Seaways are searching for 5 new apprentices, who will be trained and supported to become fully qualified Port Operatives. You will learn to handle and prepare all cargo for roll-on roll-off conventional vessels, and associated terminal activities.

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Closing date: 11 Aug 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £180.18 to £347.49

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates
  • Working week

    39 Hours per week, working any day between Monday - Sunday. The majority of work will be within daytime hours, although some evening and night work will be required.

    Total hours per week: 39.00

  • Expected duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2021

  • Date posted

    16 Jun 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The successful applicants will also complete additional training in health and safety, terminal operations and licences/tickets to safely operate cargo handling/port equipment.

With full training and support you will be responsible for:


  • Load, discharge and restow ships
  • Tally cargo, check for any anomalies
  • Check all mechanical handling equipment is in working order and that daily defect reports are completed
  • Plug and unplug temperature-controlled units as directed
  • Handle all cargo for storage, warehousing or any other purpose, within the Terminal area
  • Segregate hazardous cargo and handle hazardous cargo correctly at all times
  • Examine cargo to check for damage, discrepancies, hazards etc.
  • Report any damage to cargo, plant or equipment as soon as it becomes apparent
  • Use of Terminal Computer Systems
  • Lashing and Securing Cargo
  • Manual Handling
  • Ensure the Terminals are kept clear, clean and safe for working at all times
  • Ensure all aspects of ISPS security controls according to Department for Transport (Maritime Security Compliance) legislation are carried out in the correct manner


  • Adhere to all relevant policies, operating procedures, and standards at all times
  • Understand and working in compliance with the Icare Advancement Scheme
  • Ensure the correct PPE is worn as required
  • Ensure that all safe methods of work are followed and that you have read, understood and signed all relevant procedures
  • Always work with due care and attention to ensure the personal safety of yourself and others
  • Be able to work on a 24 hour On-Call rota
  • Ensure all associated Damage forms/Accident injury forms etc. are completed before the end of the shift and information is thoroughly forwarded to Foremen, Supervisors and/or Operational Management
  • Identify operational problems and either resolve them or recommend solutions
  • Ensure all equipment is returned to the correct area after use. (Tugs, ramps, lifting gear etc.)
  • Attend training sessions and meetings as required using them to make a positive contribution to the business

As an apprentice you will gain additional training covering health and safety and licences/tickets to operate port equipment/machinery.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • It is essential that candidates have a full UK driving licence to perform all required duties.
  • Applicants must be aged 21 or over by the end of this 15 month apprenticeship. This is due to legal requirements and insurances required to operate port equipment.
  • Must have excellent communication skills and work well as part of a team
  • Must be flexible and adaptable, and able to work shift patterns over 7 days
  • A basic understanding of health and safety
  • Reasonably physically fit, as manual handling will be involved

Personal qualities

  • Reliable 
  • Hard working 
  • Willing to learn
  • Flexible and adaptable with regards to working hours

Desired qualifications

A good standard of maths and English. GCSE grade D/3 or above in maths and English, or an equivalent qualification (Functional Skills Level 1) would be an advantage.

Future prospects

DFDS are offering this Apprenticeship with the view of the successful candidate continuing into a permanent, full time career, with additional training and support required to operate port equipment.

Upon completion of training the average salary of a Port Operative is around £23,000, with additional earning potential from shift allowances.

Things to consider

Applicants must be aged 21 or older, by the end of this 15 month apprenticeship. This is an insurance requirement to operate relevant port equipment.

Due to the nature of this work, candidates must have a full UK driving licence.

About the employer

DFDS provides ferry and logistics services in Europe and Turkey, generating annual revenues of DKK 17bn. Our 8,000 employees are located on ferries and in offices across 20 countries. DFDS was founded in 1866, is headquartered in Copenhagen, and listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen.

Our unique network of 24 ferry routes on a fixed schedule, 55 ferries, 8 port terminals, 9,000 trailer and container units, and 8,000+ local ferry and logistics experts across Europe and Turkey will secure on-time delivery, every time.

With over 500 employees, an annual turnover of £60 million and a 175-acre site in Immingham, DFDS Seaways are the largest Roll on Roll off Shipping and Terminal Operator on the Humber.  Serving 35 vessel arrivals and departures from at least 5 countries every week, DFDS moves over 725,000 units through Immingham every year. In addition, we store, handle, and move almost 700,000 tonnes of Industrial cargo such as Steel, Timber, Paper and Refuse Derived Fuel.

DFDS is the largest company combining short sea shipping and logistics in Northern Europe.




Nordic House

Western Access Road


DN40 2LZ

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education


Paula Butterfield 01472 311222

  • Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard - Port Operative
  • A bespoke programme of practical, technical and vocational learning
  • Functional Skills at Level 1 in maths and English (if applicable)

Apprenticeship standard

Port operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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