PD Ports has launched another degree programme in collaboration with Teesside University, as it seeks to bolster the skills base in the logistics sector.

The chartered management degree (CMDA) will be provided to an initial group of 20 management staff (pictured) from across the ports operator’s business.

Group HR manager David Wilson said: “From a business perspective, this is about succession planning and investing in our people to help us remain at the forefront of the sector, as we look to not only enhance the abilities of employees to carry out their current roles but also give them the skills they will need in the future.”

The port operator and Teesside have developed a partnership over the past decade, with Mr Wilson noting the CMDA “marks a significant step” in developing future leaders.

The first of these collaborations bore fruit in 2009 when two groups of PD Ports employees completed a bespoke foundation degree in Leadership and Management.

“Its business school leads the field in terms of employer engagement and by developing the CMDA for us has proved once again it can deliver exceptional learning experiences,” continued Mr Wilson.

“[It matches] the right blend of academic excellence, entrepreneurial thinking and real-life application that meet the requirements of the local business community.”

Those on the course come from a variety of roles across the business including senior managers, those in operational and commercial areas, the in-house training department, and Harbour Police.

Academics with professional backgrounds will run the course, with programme leader Gill Owens stating participants will find it a “challenging and enjoyable” experience.

“It enables them to apply their knowledge and learning in the workplace and make a positive impact there now and in the future,” she continued.

“Each successful participant will end the three-year course with a management certificate from the Chartered Management Institute.”

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