First ABP Apprentice Awards recognises talent across the business

May 11, 2016

Left: Winners at ABP’s first apprentice awards. Back from left, Ross Truszkowski, Guy Sleeman, Steve Archer, Callum Couper, Niall Robson. Front, from left, Beth Evans, Jenny Allen, Kurt Jensen, Keeta Rowlands and Sean McCulloch.

ABP’s investment in young people and ultimately the future of the company were recognised at the company’s first ever Apprentice Awards in Leeds.

Today ABP has over 60 apprentices working across its network of ports, but apprenticeships and management trainees have long been part of the company’s commitment to developing the skills of young people across the industry.

At this year’s awards 32 apprentices were nominated across ten categories.

ABP CEO, James Cooper said: “ABP is committed to developing talent and I am delighted to be celebrating the contribution of our apprentices and graduate trainees.

“We currently have 62 apprentices employed across the business and this is a number we are working to increase year by year.”

“Congratulations to all of our apprentices. They are our future managers and leaders who, I am sure, will be running ABP and taking it from strength to strength in the future.”

Apprentices who took home awards on the night were:

• Best College Achievement – Sean McCulloch (Port of Ayr)
• The Apprentice’s Apprentice – Niall Robson (Port of Immingham)
• Apprentice of the Year (2012) – Keeta Rowlands (Port of Immingham)
• Apprentice of the Year (2014) – Kurt Jensen (Port of Immingham)
• Apprentice of the Year (2015) – Jenny Allen (Port of Immingham)
• ABP Group Apprentice - Ross Truszkowski (Port of Newport)

The ceremony also honoured long serving former apprentices and those who have completed ABP’s graduate scheme:

• Best Business Contribution by an Ex-ABP Apprentice – Guy Sleeman (Port of Immingham)
• Longest Serving Ex-British Transport Docks Board (BTDB) / ABP Apprentice – Steve Archer (Port of Hull)
• Longest Serving Ex-ABP Graduate – Callum Couper (Port Manager for Port Talbot, Barry and Swansea)
• Best Contribution by an Ex-ABP Graduate – Beth Evans (Port of Southampton)

ABP is committed to investing in its apprentices and apprenticeship schemes.

Last year, ABP’s Marine Training Manager, Martin Gough, wrote and developed the company’s Marine Pilotage Apprenticeship Scheme. The scheme is the first of its kind in the UK and offers an alternative entry route into pilotage to mariners who have gained their first level marine qualification.