How to become a port operative
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could start by doing a port operative intermediate apprenticeship.
This apprenticeship typically takes 12 months to complete.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You could apply directly for cargo jobs if you've got experience in warehouse work, operating mobile cranes or using forklift trucks.
You could also work in passenger operations if you have experience in customer service or travel.
You can find out more about working in ports and harbours from Port Skills and Safety.