We believe that it is important to engage with local communities, particularly where projects we are progressing have an impact on them.
Across a number of ports, but particularly Tilbury, we engage with local schools through the provision of interview training, Young International Trader Awards, other education challenges and work experience. We also carry out port tours and give presentations to a number of universities across our sites, have provided internships and suggested practical student projects. The Port of Tilbury leads the consortium of universities and further education colleges that manage the East of England Regional Logistics Academy and supports the South West Essex Business Education Partnership.
Tilbury has worked with the Sector Skills Council, Maxim Transport and Unipart Logistics, who have successfully bid for the licence to run a National Skills Academy for the logistics sector in England.
The Port of Tilbury also actively supports and assists Thurrock Council through the Thurrock Learning Partnership and the Thurrock Workforce Development Group, and has recently become part of the Economic Development Working Group.
The list of charities that our various businesses are involved with is extensive and a few of these are outlined below. Our involvement varies from donations, through activities to raise funds to the provision of services, time and support. For example, the Company donated land to The Merchant Navy Memorial Trust for the erection of a monument in memory of merchant seamen who have lost their lives in conflict. There have been fund raising events such as two teams from the Marine Department in Scotland that went white water rafting on the River Tummel, raising £3,000 for Seafarers UK.