Supplementary memorandum by the British
Ports Industry Training (P 15A)
Currently, three nationally-recognised qualifications
(NVQs) exist for operatives employed in the ports industry. They
NVQ Level 2 in Stevedoring;
NVQ Level 2 in Port Passenger Operations;
NVQ Level 2 in Marine Operations (Ports).
The take-up of these qualifications has been
poor, despite promoting them widely. To date, the numbers of awards
Passenger Operations1; and
Further work is currently being undertaken between
BPIT and its awarding body, Edexcel, to encourage greater uptake.
The main problem with these qualifications is
that employers perceive them as bureaucratic and time-consuming.
BPIT has attempted to facilitate the process by producing guidance
for assessment centres and other relevant documentation.
However, those employers that have encouraged
their workforce to attain NVQs report high levels of motivation.
Employees perceive that such a qualification is recognition of
their competence, something that has not been acknowledged before.
A further benefit of a qualified workforce lies
in the marketing of a port's services. If it is able to say that
its workforce is qualified, it stands a better chance of attracting
a customer, whose concerns normally include damage to cargo and
speed of handling.
BPIT hopes that the sub-committee will encourage
the uptake of such nationally-recognised qualifications amongst
the industry's operational workforce.
No qualifications yet exist for supervisors
and managers, including marine pilots. Discussions are currently
taking place between the Pilots' trade association, the competent
harbour authorities and BPIT to agree the best form of qualification
for pilots. Other qualificationsfor harbour masters and
port control staffmay emerge in due course.
2 April 2001