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Apprentice Project Engineer Portland Port Ltd

To develop as a project engineer with the capability to oversee, develop and manage solutions to issues that arise with the port’s infrastructure and assets. The role requires a level of technical competence in a variety of engineering environments with an emphasis on electromechanical.

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Closing date: 01 Oct 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    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

    Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5.00pm with flexibility determined by priority workload.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    54 months

  • Possible start date

    02 Oct 2021

  • Date posted

    22 Jun 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Duties will include:

  • Responsible in the absence of colleagues for day-to-day administration of Landside Services Department, for creating and managing electronic and hard copy filing systems, allowing quick reference to past and current customer and vessel call details, for booking all requested services for visiting vessels and land based operations including investment projects
  • Update and manage waste recording systems including development of a good knowledge of related regulations
  • Maintain strict confidentiality when dealing with commercial enquiries and contractual matters
  • Take supervisory responsibility for rectification and development projects as directed by the General Manager (Landside)
  • Ensure engineering best practise is applied in all subcontracted deliveries related to port assets
  • Develop a good knowledge of the use of the GIS system
  • Develop a good knowledge and use of CAD for all asset applications
  • Input data and schedule interventions through the new asset management system

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good capability with word, excel and PowerPoint software
  • Good standard of written English
  • Ability to use CAD, GIS and Microsoft Project software (or, in the case of Microsoft project, acceptable equivalent software package)
  • Would need a sufficiently strong understanding of basic engineering principles so that he/she could communicate effectively and credibly with the various suppliers, contractors and authorities involved in projects
  • Some practical skills such as fabrication, welding, use of machine tools (lathes, pedestal drills, grinders, etc.) and hand tools such as drills, grinders etc. in order that he/she has understanding and credibility down to “shop floor” level

Personal qualities

  • 24/7 service orientated mind-set responsive to issues that might occur outside normal working hours
  • Well organised and capable of managing at detailed level including doing all the key administrative tasks in Landside such as purchase orders management and creation, attendance at interdepartmental communications meetings and maintaining cost management records in relation to budgets etc.
  • Maintain a clean, tidy and professional personal image when representing the company on all visits away from the Dock Estate

Desired qualifications

  • A Levels or equivalent with orientation to science-based subjects
  • Minimum maths and English at GCSE or working towards NVQ3 in electrical, mechanical or civil engineering with electrical system content

Future prospects

  • Prospect of progression to a higher-level apprenticeship qualification and to progress within the business
  • Prospect of a permanent position for the right candidate on completion of the apprenticeship

Things to consider

  • Working Week: Dates and times to be confirmed at interview
  • Applicants are advised to apply early as we reserve the right to close a vacancy prior to the closing date if a high number of applicants have been received
  • If your application is successful, you must attend an initial interview with Weymouth College before your details are put forward to this employer. This will be arranged by an invitation from Weymouth College. This is not an interview for the job

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

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide is updated every April (ANMW):

About the employer

Portland Port operated as a base for the Royal Navy for nearly 150 years from the mid-19th century through to 1996 when Portland Port was then privatised and taken over by the Langham Group. Portland Harbour Authority later took over as the statutory harbour authority in 1998. 

Portland Port is the commercial arm of the Portland Port Group, with the responsibility of ensuring the dock estate runs efficiently as a business and continues to contribute to the local and regional economy. 



Portland Port Ltd


Portland Port Business Centre



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Weymouth College


Apprenticeships 01305 208709

Installation electrician / maintenance electrician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard:

  • Formal training to be provided by Weymouth College with informal, on the job training by Port personnel and accredited contractors

Apprenticeship standard

Installation electrician and maintenance electrician

Level 3 (A level)

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