PD Ports has been taking its’ new recruits through a pre-employment programme which has been putting the group through their paces.
A group of eight long-term unemployed were selected from over 60 applicants to take part in a five week pre-employment programme which on completion resulted in them joining PD Ports as dock operations apprentices.
As part of this programme the cohort spent a week with the 4th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment at Middlesbrough gaining an insight into the Army Reserve learning about camouflage and concealment, first aid, observation and map reading. The group also undertook a gruelling obstacle course at the Marne Barracks in Catterick.
Developed in conjunction with Redcar Development Trust and with the assistance of the Army Reserve, the programme aims to get the recruits ready to be in work instilling self-esteem, boosting morale, encouraging team work and problem solving as well as nurturing a good work ethic.
Russ McCallion, PD Ports Group HR Director, commented: “At PD Ports we feel it is important to provide an entry into the world of work for those who are hoping to become apprentices as it ensures they are ready to be committed to their career. We are fully supportive of this group and welcome them into our Company. We will do all we can to ensure that they have every opportunity to secure permanent roles with PD Ports.”
Those who went through the initial pre-employment programme have now started their 18 month apprentice programme and following this it is hoped that all will become permanent employees of PD Ports.