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14 July, 2006 - 10:04 By Staff Reporter

Glad tidings for regional ports skill gaps

The Haven Gateway Partnership has answered the call for a skills gap in the ports sector by commissioning a consortium of three companies to develop a business plan by September this year for a Ports & Logistics Skills Academy.The Haven Gateway Partnership has answered the call for a skills gap in the ports sector by commissioning a consortium of three companies to develop a business plan by September this year for a Ports & Logistics Skills Academy.

The project will be managed by Ipswich-based Ignite Consulting as the lead partner in the consortium, which also includes Akenham and Poulsen Selleck.

The Haven Gateway’s massive ports, shipping and logistics sector is critical to the sub-region’s economy and the Partnership is committed to ensuring that the correct skills and training are available as the sector gets ready for substantial expansion through projects such as the Felixstowe South and Bathside Bay deepwater container terminal developments.

Haven Gateway project manager, Richard Morton, said: “We have identified that there is a skills need which is common in the port-related sector around the UK and we must tackle that. There is a willingness from employers to tell us exactly what they want and discuss what will be delivered and we are also talking to training providers.”

As well as looking at location, costing, funding and employers’ needs, the business plan will consider issues such as branding and marketing, Academy membership, communication and project management. The study is being funded by the East of England Development Agency through the Haven Gateway’s Investing in Communities programme.

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