Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price attended the Port of Tilbury awards ceremony at the London Cruise Terminal on Friday. The awards ceremony is a regular fixture and provides an opportunity for the senior management at Tilbury to personally congratulate their staff who are making efforts to acquire new skills and further professional qualifications.
Speaking at the event, Jackie said, “I have always thought that skills training in the workplace is central to improving business competitiveness and performance as well as enabling personal and career development for the individual.”
“Expanding opportunities and investment in skills is firmly part of the Government’s agenda. Central to this approach is the expansion of apprenticeships.”
“It is interesting that during the debates on tuition fees, much was made about the higher earnings potential of people who had completed degrees. But it also true that individuals who have completed apprenticeships enjoy higher earnings – £105,000 over the course of working life. So apprenticeships offer as much – if not more opportunity than going to university. A good apprentice acquires the skills which add value to the business and enhance their employability. I want more school leavers to see apprenticeships as a way of continued learning and a real opportunity for career advancement so that they make sensible choices about how best they can advance themselves.”
Daniel Goodship, Port of Tilbury apprentice of the year is now going on to be considered as apprentice of the year at Thurrock’s business awards
Jackie also paid tribute to the contribution of the Port and described it as one of Thurrock’s jewels.
She said, “I well understand the contribution that the Port makes to the economy here in Thurrock and in Essex more widely. Logistics as a sector is crucial to the local economy and I am making it a personal priority to do what I can to ensure that the Port goes from strength to strength.”