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DTL delighted to exhibit at the Ports Development Conference

DTL delighted to exhibit at the Ports Development Conference

05 June 2019

Ports are the UK’s main global gateways and key drivers of jobs and prosperity in our coastal areas. 95% of the UK’s global physical trade moves via its ports, 8 out of every 10 cars made in the UK are exported via a port, and nearly half our food & feed needs are imported via a port. All of this means that ports are key catalysts for coastal jobs and prosperity:

  • 100,000+ people are directly employed in ports around the UK
  • 6 jobs depend on each direct job
  • £1 spent on a port road scheme generates £4 for the wider coastal economy

Develop Training Ltd (DTL) were delighted to attend and exhibit at the Ports Development Conference, facilitated by Built Environment Networking, at Kensington Town Hall in London last month. Other conference partners included Balfour Beatty, Tarmac, Buttimer Engineering, Spencer Engineering, Port of Antwerp, Uniper, International Fire Consultants Group and many more high profile industry names.

Click here to view the photos from the day, or watch the highlights video below.

Ports are critical for trade and prosperity

As gateways for international trade and tourism, ports are clearly critical for trade and prosperity in their own right, but their influence goes much further. Thriving ports can deliver positive regeneration, stimulating development and infrastructure in and around their locations. In the Thames Estuary corridor, forecasts suggest potential growth could deliver 1.3 million new jobs with a requirement for 1 million new homes to support that growth.

Delivering on this vision will take a skilled workforce

Delivering on this vision will take leadership and it will require skills, lots of skills. DTL, which has seven locations in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, provides training for many of the country’s biggest names in construction, utilities and infrastructure. It is a leading campaigner for investment in learning and development to combat the UK’s chronic skills shortage in these critical sectors.

DTL explains that the skills crisis has its roots in a pincer movement where an ageing workforce is not being replaced because of long-term under investment in training. The construction, utilities and infrastructure sectors have seen spiralling wage inflation as a result of the shortage of skilled workers.

Port workers require specialist skills

Ports are dangerous places where workers require specialist skills such as safe working in confined spaces, one of the many courses delivered by DTL, which operates a mobile confined spaces unit for the purpose.

DTL points out that in lean times, there may be a temptation to see compliance training in such areas as a tick-box exercise, doing the minimum required, but that is a false economy. Training shortfalls in these areas can result not only in death or life-changing injury for workers but reputational damage for businesses, fines and even criminal prosecution and imprisonment of managers responsible.

Even in apparently safe environments, such as public waiting rooms, there are areas where training is critically important. Preventing deadly legionella bacteria in water systems, such as those used in air conditioning, is another key area where DTL has developed training to ensure that the risks are properly managed.

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