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PD Ports recruits Logistics Academy graduate Michael Chapman

A port operator has welcomed a new member of staff.

Michael Chapman has joined PD Ports’ 1000-plus strong team after completing a programme delivered in partnership with Stockton Riverside College and the Tees Valley Logistics Academy.

Michael was studying a BTEC Level 3 in Electrical Engineering when he attended a workshop with the Logistics Academy, an initiative PD Ports was integral to developing.

Selected from a group of five students interviewed for an initial internship, Michael spent four weeks at PD Ports’ warehouse operations in Billingham.

During this time, he learned about the different skills required to work in a warehouse and was involved with the Taylors of Harrogate contract, a company best known for its Yorkshire Tea.

Michael completed his warehouse operative apprenticeship with distinction in March 2019.

He learned various skills, including gaining fork-lift truck licences, how to use the Red Prairie Warehouse Management System and working within confined spaces and fumigation awareness, in addition to RoSPA and BRC Food Safety training.

Since completing his apprenticeship, Michael has been offered a full-time warehouse operative role at PD Ports.

He will be tasked with becoming more independent in his duties and demonstrating consistency, as well as having the maturity to help coach and support other new starters.

Chris Leonard, contracts manager at PD Ports, said: “I was impressed with Michael’s enthusiasm and conscientiousness during his internship, so much so, the company offered him an apprenticeship so that he could continue to develop his skills and become a long-term member of our warehousing team.”

Phil Dorn, logistics co-ordinator at Stockton Riverside College, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for Michael who had already shown his enthusiasm and commitment to learn and develop by taking part in the college’s Career Ready Logistics Academy programme.

“During his apprenticeship with PD Ports we have seen him grow in professional confidence, but what has struck me most is the depth of his knowledge around products and processes.”