A day in the life of… Joe Dickinson, Marine Operations Apprentice, Humber

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Can you tell us more about what you did before you joined ABP?

After graduating from the University of Cumbria in 2017, I subsequently spent a year working in a temporary job whilst I could decide what I would like to do next in terms of a long-term career. I found that taking this time to gain work experience and further develop myself in the work place would put me in good stead for my next move.

I was looking for a career that would challenge me and give me the chance to work in an industry that I find very interesting. I found out about the apprenticeship programme offered by ABP through a job website and thought that it was an ideal way into this and offered a wide range of opportunities for people keen to learn.

What does a typical day at work look like for you? Has the current Covid-19 pandemic impacted your activities in any way?

A typical day for myself can vary depending on which Humber port I am based at. Recently I have been working at the Port of Grimsby, where I have been covering the role of Assistant Dock Master (ADM). When acting as the ADM you are essentially providing the local port service and liaising closely with ship’s agents and other marine departments to ensure the safe arrival of the ship to dock at the correct times and ensuring sufficient under keel clearance is met.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic I have had the chance to put my learning and training into practice where cover has been needed because of sickness and absences. This has given me fantastic operational experience, which I can now take forwards, once I finish the apprenticeship.

If you could give some advice to young people who would like to follow in your footsteps, what would it be?

My advice would be to a show a willingness to learn and develop form the people around you and to get the most out of the opportunities that come your way. The apprenticeship programme offers a very in-depth learning platform but it’s down to you to make the most of it.

Applications for ABP’s Apprenticeship Programme are open until Sunday 21st February. Find out more and apply here.