Level 2 Port Operative

Course Overview

Port Operatives have key roles in enabling businesses to deliver on time and safely. Cargo can include any goods imported to, or exported from the UK, such as cars, food, manufactured goods and raw materials and the work they do depends on the type of ship or cargo. Operatives in larger ports tend to specialise, but smaller ports often require them to perform a wide range of duties including loading, unloading, handling and securing cargo (including general, bulk, project, liquid and freight containers).

A Port Operative may be required to work on board any type and size of moored or anchored vessel in a port.  Port Operatives typically work in teams under the direction of a supervisor and are an essential part of the core function of a port and maintaining a safe environment. Working hours may include unsocial hours and working outdoors in inclement weather is probable. There may be some on-call requirement and shift and weekend work is likely.


Course Length 12 (6 months for End Point Assessment)
Levy Funding Maximum £8,000 - Non-levy employer contribution (5%)
Apprentice Requirements

Individual employers will determine their own entry requirements but due to the nature of the role it is expected that candidates will meet certain medical standards of physical health.  Possession of a driving licence is likely to be advantageous.

Apprentices without level 1 English and Maths must achieve this and take the test for level 2 prior to taking their end-point assessment. However, for those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and Maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.


Career Options and Progression

A Port Operative apprenticeship can lead to a plethora of roles in the maritime sector, here are just some of the roles you could obtain:

Port Operative, Stevedore, Container Operative, Cargo Operative, Port Plant Operator, Roll-On/roll-off Driver, Port Warehousing Operative, Passenger Operative and Ferry operative.