Level 2 Port Operative Apprenticeship

Are you looking for an exciting career in the maritime industry?

Level 2 Port Operative Apprenticeship

Delivered in partnership with the Marine Society & Sea Cadets (MSSC) this 12 to 18 month programme is designed to give the apprentice all the  the necessary skills, knowledge and qualifications to safely and competently carry out port operative duties. You will be trained by industry leading inhouse instructors at our all-inclusive 4-acre waterside academy on the Isle of Wight.

No experience requiredLevel 2 Port Operative Apprenticeship

What is a Port Operative?

A Port Operative plays a vital role in allowing businesses and organisations to deliver goods and cargo on time and within a safe environment. They are primarily responsible for loading, unloading, handling, and storing cargo from container and transport vessels at a port. Other duties will include:

  • Loading, unloading and securing of cargo
  • Warehousing, storage and retrieval
  • Roll-on/roll-off vessel operations
  • Infrastructure operations
  • On-shore mooring & vessel handling
  • Passenger operations & handling baggage
  • Workplace transport operations
  • Operating heavy machinery

Entry requirements

There is no previous experience required to attend this course. You must be aged 16+ and it would be advantageous to carry a full driving license. Apprentices without a level 1 English and Maths must achieve this and take the test for level 2 prior to taking their end-point assessment.

In partnership with the Marine Society & Sea Cadets (MSSC) UKSA is providing the training for this apprenticeship over 12 to 18 months.

Recruitment options will be advised upon separately once suitable employers have been signed up with MSSC.


What qualifications are gained?


  • Emergency First Aid at Work
  • British Marine COSHH
  • EPA Preparation
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • SRC

What core skills are gained?

All UKSA Level 2 Port Operative graduates will understand:

  • Safe & professional work practices
  • The importance of commercial principles
  • The general operating principles
  • Types of port operation and UK handled cargo
  • Provision of port services
  • Types of plant, equipment, vessels etc.
  • Principles of hazards
  • Control vehicle movements

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