Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Opportunities on the Horizon

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Opportunities on the Horizon

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FOUR school leavers from Teesside have recently returned to Teesport following an 11-day work experience trip to St Petersburg via Rotterdam, Riga and Helsinki, with local based shipping line, Containerships Ltd Oy.

Sixteen-year-olds, Laura Becker, Kelly Mann, Adam Cook and Mikey Benson, were the first of four young people who successfully applied for a place on the Containerships vessel as part of a wider summer scheme led by new charity, the High Tide Foundation.

The trip offered a unique insight into life on a working container ship and illustrated how important cargoes are imported and exported around the world.

Laura and Kelly had the chance to meet the captain, and observe the daily duties experienced by crew members, as well as spending some free time taking in the sites in Rotterdam, Riga and Helsinki.

Andy Frost, Containerships' MD and High Tide Member, said: "The Containerships Group is delighted to be part of a local initiative which we hope will raise the employment and lifestyle aspirations of the young people of Teesside and inspire them to achieve greater things than they might otherwise have achieved.

"Established here in the late 1960s, Containerships has experienced and weathered the economic storms which have hit the Teesside area over the years and I believe that now is the time for the local business community to come together to give hope and belief to the next generation, and those that follow, that they have a future in the region.

"I hope that our small contribution to the High Tide Foundation, and the experience created for those involved, will encourage other local businesses to join us in making the project a success for the future benefit of the local community and businesses on Teesside."

Returning from the trip, Kelly Mann was so enthused by her experience she wants to do it again and returned with a different view on potential career options. …

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