Ports group ABP has won the Employer of the Year and Maritime 2050 categories at the won two categories in the prestigious Maritime UK Awards at a ceremony in Hull.
This recognition by Maritime UK – the collective voice for the UK’s maritime industries – follows a number of significant steps taken by the company to empower employees and create a great place to work as well as ABP taking a leading role in delivering the objectives of the Maritime 2050 Strategy.
As a leading employer, ABP says it is committed to supporting the upskilling of employees as it continues to invest in broadening the scope of courses offered by its in-house training provider, the ABP Academy. The academy now offers a host of innovate training formats, including Virtual Reality (VR) safety training and an immersive theatre-style safety course called Thrive.
Kerry Thompson, Head of ABP Academy, said: “Having the in-house capabilities to upskill colleagues is a truly valuable resource because it allows us to be more responsive to their needs and quickly identify and address any skill gaps.
“We are also able to work together to test different training formats in the quest to find the most effective ways to equip our colleagues the knowledge they need to keep Britain trading sustainably.”
Most recently, ABP became the world’s first IEMA- accredited training provider in the port sector, showing its commitment to delivering first-class environmental training for its employees. This will help equip ABP’s workforce with the skills needed to deliver the company’s sustainability strategy, Ready for Tomorrow, which was launched in February 2023. The fact-based, comprehensive sustainability strategy sets a net zero target for greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 and was the culmination of teamwork and ideas generated across all levels of the organisation.
ABP is also committed to promoting diversity and inclusion, supporting a workforce of skilled, diverse and committed individuals, who can work in an inclusive environment in which all our colleagues are valued and treated equally so they can perform at their best.