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Apprentice Team Leader/Supervisor – KT&A1865

Location: Chatham (ME4 4SW)
Closing date: 29/03/2018
Industry: Distribution
Vacancy reference: KT&A1865

Employer Description

Total Ship Services are a shipping, stevedoring, warehousing and distribution company.

Mainly discharging shipments of steel products and timber from ships into warehouses and open storage areas, some repackaging and reloading to transport for onward delivery to customers.


Description of Vacancy

Opportunity to join the company at a Supervisory level with the subsequent intention of rising through the Management structure following the company’s succession policy.

The candidate will shadow current Managers and Supervisors gaining an understanding of all aspects of the company’s operations, procedures and standards and developing them as the programme progresses.


£3.50 for trial period, then there will be the opportunity to increase every three months until completion of programme. Maximum of 5 increases.


Monday to Friday 0900hrs to 1700hrs.

One hour paid lunch break.

Please be advised that the hours will need an element of flexibility to coincide with ships discharging and the general business needs.

Some overtime may be offered/needed


The full list will depend on how the candidate adapts to the different aspects of the roles and which direction is best suited / chosen but will include –

Health & Safety – Risk Assessments, Safe Systems of Work, Unsafe Acts and Situations, Site Inspections, Accident Investigation.

Finance – Contracts, orders, analysis, invoices, budgets, statistics, procurement.

Resources – Labour internal and external, Mechanical Handling Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment, Operational gear.

Cargo – Stock input, reporting, checking, analysis.

Operations – Vessel discharge planning, cargo lay out planning, work overseeing, activity analysis.

Ships Agency – Booking pilots and locks, Ship’s pre-arrival documentation, Disbursement Accounts, Vessel Chartering, Ship’s husbandry, Crew changes.

As Apprenticeship progresses –

  • Manage individual’s performance and development.
  • Encourage innovation.
  • Implement change.
  • Manage a project.
  • Collaborate with other departments.
  • Develop working relationships with customers.
  • HR systems.
  • Data management.
  • Understand and manage conflict, discipline and grievance.
  • In depth performance analysis.
  • Develop and deliver a presentation.
  • Lead meetings.
  • Understand and resolve customers problems and complaints.
  • Help promote equality, diversion and inclusion in the workplace.

This list is not exhaustive and will be adapted to the candidates and the company’s requirements.

Skills Required

  • Confidence in dealing with peers and customers, particularly communication in all forms.
  • Ability to work using own initiative.
  • Strong team member.
  • Problem solver.
  • Able to prioritize.
  • Good planner
  • Strong computer skills particularly Microsoft Office.
  • Self motivator.

Personal Qualities

  • Total understanding and acceptance of everything Health & Safety.
  • Reliability
  • Punctuality
  • Dependability
  • Good listener.
  • Desire to continually learn and improve.

Qualifications Required

A* to C –   GCSE Maths and English and three other subjects or equivalent qualifications.

IT Functional Skills pass.

Training Provided

On the job training with the employer whilst working towards the Apprenticeship Framework – consisting of the Intermediate NVQ Level, Technical Certificate and Functional Skills if appropriate.

Regular work based assessments/observations carried out by Kent Training & Apprenticeships Tutor Assessor, to determine competency and meet with Awarding Body standards

Additional Detail

As of 1st April 2018, the NMW for Apprentices is £3.70 per hour. This applies to 16 - 18 year old Apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other Apprentices the Apprentice National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies.

The wage for Apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent in training.

Important Information

The employer has asked that you do not contact them direct. Doing so could jeopardise your application. You will be responsible for your travel expenses to and from your place of work. Therefore, you must have the means to get to your place of work on a daily basis whilst waiting for your first wages to be paid.

KT&A: Kent Training & Apprenticeships are part of Kent County Council and are a leading training organisation with nearly 30 years successful experience. KT&A specialise in high quality work-based training, delivered by qualified staff with personal experience of working in the skill area they teach.

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