NORTH EAST-based PD Ports has welcomed a new member of staff to its 1,000-plus strong team, following his successful completion of a programme delivered in partnership with Stockton Riverside College and the Tees Valley Logistics Academy.

Michael Chapman was studying a BTEC Level 3 in Electrical Engineering when he decided to attend a workshop with the Logistics Academy, an initiative that PD Ports was integral to developing.

Selected from a group of five students that interviewed for an initial internship, Michael spent four weeks at PD Ports in Billingham.

During this time, he learned about the different skills required to work in a high profile warehouse and was involved with the Taylors of Harrogate contract.

Chris Leonard, contracts manager at PD Ports said: “I was impressed with Michael’s enthusiasm and conscientiousness during his internship. So much so, the company offered him an apprenticeship so that he could continue to develop his skills and become a long-term member of our warehousing team.”

Frans Calje, CEO at PD Ports said: “We have a firm belief in nurturing local talent and keeping it here in the North East, which will secure our future workforce and also support the thriving businesses in the Tees Valley."