North East School of Shipping

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers has partnered with Stockton Riverside College and Tees Valley Logistics Academy to introduce the first phase of a dedicated shipping school to the Tees Valley.

By developing a future skilled workforce, the school, which is the institute’s first in the UK outside of London, aims to tackle both current and future skills gaps by bringing together employers, industry experts and educators.

Based on the London School of Shipping Model, the North East School of Shipping provides a range of courses to those starting out in the shipping industry, delivered by Stockton Riverside College.

Supporting businesses at Teesport include AV Dawson, Casper Shipping, LV Shipping, PD Ports and Cockfield Knight.

All courses are delivered at Stockton Riverside College and current opportunities include:

The Shipping World Explained*

A 1-2 day introduction to the shipping industry designed to introduce someone with no prior knowledge or experience to the industry via a broad overview.

Understanding Shipping*

A two-week programme designed to follow on from The Shipping World Explained, this course gives a further explanation for learners who would like to progress into the industry or who would like to gain an initial qualification before undertaking a PQE. Sessions cover:

  • World geography
  • Climate
  • Why countries trade
  • The scale & value of international trade
  • International trade by sea
  • The demand for shipping
  • Types of cargo

Foundation and Advanced Diplomas

Port Agency Apprenticeships

Currently being developed by the ICS in London.

Port Operator Apprentices

Currently working with AV Dawson.

*Funding is available for some of these courses.

Former student, Emily Bulmer from PD Ports, completed the Introduction to Shipping course. She said:

Being a part of the North East School of Shipping has helped me to develop the theoretical knowledge and understanding that underpins my daily role at PD Ports. I now have a much broader understanding of the maritime industry that will benefit me in the rest of my career”.