Celebrating apprentices at the Port of Southampton

September 24, 2018

ABP Apprentices working at the Port of Southampton have been celebrated at a ceremony in Manchester.

The annual ABP Apprentice Academy Awards brings together all the apprentices in the company from across the country to celebrate the young talent.

The company employs more than 60 apprentices across all 21 ports and in many different disciplines including marine, maintenance and business support. ABP Southampton currently employs 10 apprentices and two were acknowledged specifically at the event for their individual contributions to their roles and the day-to-day operations of the port.

Abigail Jones, Maintenance Apprentice, received Best College Achievement and Matt Rattenbury, Marine Operation Apprentice, was awarded the Customer Service Award.
A special award went to Jason Bonnett, Head of Maintenance, for his role in mentoring the young apprentices as they develop their skill set and fledgling careers in the industry.
Jason said: “We’re passionate about supporting young people through education and helping to kick-start their careers.

“We are proud of our apprenticeship programme and the difference each of them make to the day-to-day operations at the Port of Southampton. Not only are our apprentices learning vital technical skills but we’re equipping them with the necessary ‘softer skills’ to form a basis to build their careers.”

The Port of Southampton plays a vital part in the economy nationally as well as locally. It is the gateway to the world as the UK’s number one export port, handling £71 billion of trade each year and supporting 45,000 jobs in Southampton.