Monday, 20 May 2013

Stephen Metcalfe MP welcomes London Gateway apprenticeships

Stephen Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, has welcomed DP World London Gateway’s new apprenticeship scheme which was launched today at the site in Thurrock.

The local MP was joined at the launch by Thames Gateway Minister, Brandon Lewis, to advertise the six apprenticeships on offer and to raise the profile of the many other job opportunities available at London Gateway.

The London Gateway team are looking for six apprentices to undertake a four year paid programme combining academic study, training and practical work experience in engineering. Each apprentice will receive an annual salary and leave the scheme with a nationally recognised NHC in engineering.

Mr Metcalfe commented: “This scheme is exactly what we need to inspire the next generation of engineers in South Basildon and East Thurrock. We have a global company investing heavily in our local area and I am delighted that young people will be able to reap the benefits of this.”

“I am passionate about driving forward skills growth in my constituency and hope that young people throughout South Basildon and East Thurrock will apply for this opportunity of a lifetime.”

During the launch, Brandon Lewis MP and Stephen Metcalfe MP were shown London Gateway’s quay cranes, amongst the largest in the world, and had the chance to see what working at London Gateway would be like. A group of potential candidates from South Essex College were also given a site tour by the London Gateway team.

Simon Moore, CEO, DP World London Gateway, said: “We are now looking for six candidates with a passion for engineering and then we’ll do the rest. The team at DP World London Gateway is committed to delivering highly skilled jobs to the local area and this is a great opportunity to learn and gain valuable experience and qualifications. These opportunities are just some of many already offered, as we have many jobs across different skills available now.”

South Essex College of Higher Education, with campuses in Thurrock, Basildon and Southend-on-Sea will be the provider of the apprenticeship scheme.

Angela O’Donoghue, Principal and Chief Executive at South Essex College, said: “We are delighted to be delivering Advanced Engineering Apprenticeships with such a major employer.  These are really exciting times for the area and we are thrilled to be part of it. There’s no better way to back young people’s aspirations than an apprenticeship; it is an investment in the skills that will make a huge difference to their careers.” 

Mr Metcalfe added: “To find out more, please visit DP World’s emerging talent website: The closing date for the scheme is 14th June so start your applications now!”