STEM careers inspiration for school children during Teesport visit

Schoolchildren from across Teesside were given insight into the wide variety of careers available and how the things they buy make their way into the country during a trip to PD Ports.

The visit by 22 children from five schools was part of PD Ports’ National Inclusion Week events and supported by Power of Women and Spark Tees Valley.

National Inclusion Week was recognised across PD Ports Group, with leaders from every part of the business giving individual pledges about how they plan to support diversity and inclusion in future and ensure that every person working for the company is valued and supported.

The company’s new Diversity and Inclusion Strategy was also formally presented to staff for the first time, with a commitment to ensuring colleagues feel included and comfortable to be themselves, and that everyone is treated fairly, equitably and with respect.  

The school visits – by St Helen’s and Eldon Grove schools, in Hartlepool; Dormanstown Primary, from Redcar; Thorntree, in Middlesbrough and St Bede’s, in Stockton – were part of PD Ports pledge to ensure young people in Teesside and beyond are given the opportunity to visit Teesport and gain understanding about the variety of STEM careers available to them, regardless of background.

The Key Stage 2 pupils – aged between 7 and 11-years-old – met deputy Harbour Master Chris Stocks and assistant Harbour Master Wendy O’Donnell at the Harbour Master’s Office in Middlesbrough, before travelling to Teesport for a coach tour of the site.

They were greeted by graduate operations superintendent Chloe Henderson and Glen Jones, from the operational development team, who explained how the port operates and the type of goods that come into the UK from across the world.

The pupils had the opportunity to see two container ships unloading and a reach stacker, which lifts containers, in action.

Deputy Harbour Master Chris Stocks said: “The children were a delight to meet and full of questions and interesting ideas about the type of ships that visit Teesport and the sort of goods that come into the country here.

“It’s so important to make young people aware of the options open to them in their future careers and without visits like this we know that many would have no idea of the scale of the operation at Teesport and the variety of jobs and education routes available to them.

“Thanks must go to the Power of Women – of which the schools involved are ambassadors – and Spark Tees Valley for helping us to promote the event to schools and providing the educational materials to back up what they’ve learned today.”

Speaking about National Inclusion Week, Frans Calje, chief executive officer at PD Ports, added: “Inclusion should play a central role in everything that we do as a business.

“We have put the spotlight on National Inclusion Week but supporting and promoting inclusion across our business is something that we’ll continue to do going forward. Our organisation needs to be reflective of a fairer society and that means whoever you are, irrespective of your background, it doesn’t matter – we want to work with the best people and support them through their career with us to get the best out of themselves.”


Board Information

Privacy Policy

We regard your privacy as important and any personal information you give to us will be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulations.

We do not store personal information about individuals who visit this site except where they provide contact information via our contact us page and contact forms available on various pages throughout the website.

Any information you provide will only be used for the reasons specified and it will not be shared with any third party without your consent, unless required by law.

Your contact details are kept securely and are only accessed by authorised members of staff as part of the provision of school services. If you do not wish us to keep this contact information please tell us.

This website uses Google Analytics which provides statistical data about the usage of the site. This information is not used to identify individuals, but is collected to provide us with an understanding of the areas of interest on our site and how our site is being used.

If you are connected to the internet you will have an IP Address. This may take the form of a figure, such as 333.333.22.1. The address will be automatically collected and logged as part of the connection of your computer to our web server and may be used to determine the total number of visits to each part of the site. This data is not collected and used for other purposes.

This website contains links to other websites. The School is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites or organisations and recommends you consult the privacy information on those sites.

This policy will be reviewed and updated versions will be posted on the website.

If you have any questions about the use of your personal information, the Information Commissioner is the independent regulator for both Data Protection and Freedom of Information.