Level 2 Port Operative Apprenticeship

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Level 2 Port Operative Apprenticeship

The UKSA Level 2 Port Operative apprenticeship course will give you all 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 required!

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 18+ 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.


What qualifications are gained?

○    RYA Powerboat Level 2
Improve your powerboat driving and handling techniques. If you’re new to powerboating, this practical course will prepare you with the safe driving and handling skills you need to complete short-day trips in your powerboat.

○    RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate
This course will equip you with the knowledge and confidence you need to communicate effectively on a VHF radio, from basic controls through to making May Day distress calls.

○    Elementary First Aid
This course will give you basic knowledge of the immediate action to be taken upon encountering an accident or other medical emergencies at sea.


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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