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Port of Felixstowe (Hutchinson Ports)

Tomline House, The Dock, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 3SY

About us

The Port of Felixstowe is Britain's biggest and busiest container port, and one of the largest in Europe.

The port handles more than 4 million TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) and welcomes over 3,000 ships each year, including the largest container vessels afloat today. Crucially, the port provides some of the deepest water close to the open sea of any European port. Around 30 shipping lines operate from Felixstowe, offering approximately 90 services to and from 400 ports around the world.

Together with its unrivalled rail and road links connecting the port to distribution hubs in the Midlands and elsewhere in the UK, Felixstowe plays a pivotal role in keeping the UK's trade moving, and delivers real benefits to customers, the community and the industry.

Best at What Matters Most:

The Port of Felixstowe has led the UK industry for over 30 years. It is successful not merely because it is larger than any British port, but because it is the best at providing customers with the services they need, delivering valuable advantages over alternative container ports.

The success of the Port of Felixstowe stems from our continued commitment to investment in new technology, processes and critically, people.

Why join the Port of Felixstowe?

At HPUK, we aim to provide a career, not just a job. We pride ourselves on the high calibre of our employees and continually work towards providing an environment in which our people, our communities and our business can thrive.

 Our commitment to attracting, developing and retaining the best employees, starts long before they join the port. As a large local employer, we participate in a number of school and community events to raise awareness of the wide range of career options we offer.

We have over 2500 employees, engaged in a wide range of roles; from those who drive our plant and machinery to move the containers, to our engineers who keep us operational, or those behind the scenes, supporting our employees such as HR, Finance and Training departments. In total, we have over 300 different job roles at the port, providing a world of opportunity for those coming into our business.

How do you launch a career with us?

With such a variety of roles available, there are of course different requirements for each of these; some require specific qualifications, which we support our employees to achieve, whilst others require more practical skills, such as the ability to drive or fix cranes. We offer apprenticeships to attract the best candidates early in their career;

Business apprenticeships
In association with the National Apprenticeship Scheme, we offer places for business apprentices in corporate areas such as Finance, Procurement, IT, Training and HR. We partner with local colleges to ensure that our apprentices receive both the on-the-job experience they'll need for a flying start to their career, and the academic grounding as a platform for their future. Typically our business apprenticeships last for two years.

Engineering apprenticeships
The Port of Felixstowe invests in world class equipment and our Engineers work round the clock to ensure this equipment is maintained. Engineering apprentices work alongside qualified engineers to gain practical hands on experience whilst studying to complete an NVQ, supported by the business.

To be considered for either a Business or Engineering Apprenticeship at the port, successful applicants must have a minimum of 4 GCSE's grade 9-4 (A*-C) in Maths, English, Science. For Engineering we also ask for a GCSE in an engineering relevant subject or relevant engineering NVQ or VRQ Level 2.

There are also opportunities to join the port through a number of different channels

Graduate opportunities
The Port of Felixstowe's Future Leaders programme is aimed at attracting recent graduates into our business. The purpose is to identify dynamic, self-motivated individuals to supplement our existing talent pipeline and support the development of the right knowledge and skills to progress in our business. To join the port on this programme, successful candidates must be educated to degree level, have attained a minimum of a 2:1 and ideally possess one to two years' work experience.

Port Operatives
If it is driving big kit that tempts people, we regularly recruit into Port Operative roles, which provide an entry point for starting at the port. There are some roles which are limited to those aged over 21, but this will be stated on any advert published on our website.

Internal movement vehicles (IMV)
Driving is often the first skill for our Port Operatives; driving an IMV is similar to an HGV lorry. This role involves moving containers from vessels to the storage yard or rail terminals. Typically, Port Operatives would then train to drive a Crane on the container yard, as their next skill.

General Vacancies
As with every employer, we also have numerous vacancies across all areas of the business every year, which we advertise on our website. The requirements of each of these roles will be set out so you can see if the job matches your skills and abilities.

We also look for temporary employees, particularly over the summer, to help boost our resource levels at a time of year when many of our employees choose to take a holiday.

Whatever the route in, the Port of Felixstowe offers a world of opportunity for those people who show the commitment to succeed.

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