As a business we recognise the positive impact we can have on the local region and are fully committed to engaging with the local community to raise aspirations and deliver greater training and employment prospects.
In 2011 we became members of Business in the Community (BITC) and firmly established PD Ports amongst a network of businesses ranging from multinational household names to small local businesses and public sector organisations.
In 2012 David Robinson, PD Ports' CEO, was appointed Regional Ambassador to HRH The Prince of Wales for his leadership in convening business to help improve the skills and aspirations of young people on Teesside.
One of our main interests with BITC was to better understand the current issues facing the future growth and development of the area’s young people. With 1 in 4 young people currently leaving school in the UK with limited or no reading skills, we embarked on a programme known as ‘Right to Read’. The project involves children aged between 7 and 11 and a number of our employees commit an hour each week, during term time (and our employee work time), to help these young children develop their basic reading skills. Today, the project continues to be a success and we are looking to progress this in other schools in the local area.
The second project we became involved with is the Redcar Development Trust. Frankie Wales, a local entrepreneur has dedicated his entire life and efforts into the regeneration of Redcar, and founded the Trust. His simple and admirable remit is to offer a brighter future for the town’s people. Because of his great work we’re working with him on a number of projects including a recent launch of a dock operations apprenticeship programme.
We also actively encourage community wide initiatives and support our colleagues’ personal interests and pursuits through a staff support scheme. From first launching six years ago the programme has provided support for charitable ventures which have included; the ongoing building of communities in Peru, the skills development of sports leaders in South Africa, provision of equipment for a number of sports teams, as well as supporting training of budding amateur dramatics students.
At the moment, we are engaging with the wider industrial community on Teesside to further collaborate on matters such as training, work opportunities, employability and skills development. The High Tide Foundation is an initiative being driven by PD Ports along with the support of port related private sector businesses. Making a difference locally matters to us.
Although not an exhaustive list, our other community based affiliations include Butterwick Hospice, Prince's Trust, the aforementioned High Tide Foundation and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.