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Port of Tyne welcomes first-ever marine apprentice

A port has appointed its first-ever marine apprentice.

Rebecca Finlay has joined Port of Tyne as a marine operations officer apprentice.

Bosses say the apprenticeship is just the third of its kind in the UK, and the only one north of the Humber.

Rebecca, pictured below, will begin a three-year course at South Shields Marine School in September.



Officials say her apprenticeship will provide hands-on training across all aspects of operations, such as marine management, pilotage and hydrography, adding she will also spend time in other business areas.

Rebecca said: “The apprenticeship is giving me opportunities to develop my skills and knowledge in the marine environment, which will be beneficial in my future career.

“I’ve only been at the port for two months, but I’ve already gained valuable experience and skills, and I’m looking forward to completing my apprenticeship and, hopefully, to a long career in the maritime industry.”

Dillon Brown, the port’s marine manager, added: “This leading apprenticeship helps to ensure the port’s marine team is fit for the future.

“Having completed this apprenticeship myself prior to its formal accreditation, I appreciate the value it brings to the business and the incredible opportunity it provides for young people seeking a career in the industry.”