Veterans to benefit from new training simulators at the Port of Tilbury

Veterans to benefit from new training simulators at the Port of Tilbury

A state-of-the-art technology suite that includes two training simulators has been opened at the Port of Tilbury to help support the veteran community with training in the logistics sector.

The suite’s two simulators provide full simulation, including a 360 degree experience of all the major crane and straddle operational equipment such as motion, cable and lifting systems, and lift apparatus providing operators with an enhanced learning environment featuring industrial controls and realistic working terminal scenarios.

The Port of Tilbury has an established Logistics Training Academy that offers training and support to the veteran community through its ‘Attention to Logistics’ training programme and bursary scheme which was launched last year.

The programme has been created to specifically focus on the veteran community, helping ex-servicemen and women and their families back into work through the logistics sector. The programme is delivered by Tilbury on the Thames Trust in association with the Port of Tilbury Logistics Academy.

Liam Cordiner, who took part in the course, said:  “What they have been running in Tilbury is exceptional. It is stress-free, relaxed and in a demilitarised environment.  It is definitely something I would recommend attending if people are struggling with their career path after leaving the armed forces.”

Stuart Wallace, Chief Operating Officer of Forth Ports and Chair of Tilbury on the Thames Trust said: “This is an exciting day for the Tilbury on the Thames Trust, for the Port of Tilbury and for the area as a whole. The opening of this training suite will ensure that veterans have the skills to create real opportunities in the logistics sector. Our experience shows that military service makes people well suited for careers in Logistics. With all the development planned for the port and the Thames Gateway there will be a job opportunity increase in the area.”

Opening the new suite, Jackie Doyle-Price MP said: “This is a great opportunity to deliver training and sustainable employment for veterans and their families as well as providing good, skilled staff to support the logistics industries locally….I am very grateful to the Port of Tilbury to both this training programme and to bringing the railway station into community use.  We are lucky to have a major employer that makes such a strong contribution to the local community.”