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Port Operator - Royal Logistics Corps

Posted by The Army on 11.12.2015
Job ID: 795138
Location: Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, United Kingdom
Job Category: Government
Salary: per year
Job Views: 1998
Post Code:
Employment Type: Full time
Posted: 11.12.2015

Job Description


In the Army, ships need to be loaded and unloaded quickly and expertly. Join the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) as a Port Operator and we'll teach you how. You'll learn how to use specialist machinery like cranes, and how to drive different kinds of vehicles. Plus, you can take qualifications including an apprenticeship, advanced driving licences and recognised trade qualifications - the perfect way to kick off a career. As the biggest corps in the Army, the RLC has all sorts of opportunities, but is still a close-knit, welcoming team.

Get in. Get on.

As a Port Operator, you load and offload containers, vehicles and pallets from all types of ships, all over the world. You learn how to use heavy-duty vehicles and equipment like cranes and container handlers, and you also learn to drive and operate different military and port vehicles. Your work will make all kinds of missions possible. Plus, you'll often be helping the Royal Marines and Airborne Forces too.

Get skills

We'll teach you to load and unload ships from cargo hatches and to make sure things are stowed away securely before ships depart. You also learn how to supervise mechanical handling equipment and people using it, and how to carry out maintenance work. Meanwhile, driver training sees you operate heavy goods vehicles. Once you're fully trained, you'll be able to work under pressure and control safety on docks, ports and beaches.

Get training

Basic training teaches you how to be a soldier: how to survive outdoors and fire weapons. You then get a range of driving licences, up to LGV level C+E. After this, it's off to Southampton for a four-week Port Operators course. You'll learn to transfer cargo between military and civilian transport using cranes and other equipment. We'll also teach you how to secure different kinds of cargo, how set up a logistic beach unit and how to transfer cargo from sea to land when you're not in a port.

Get qualified

The Army can help you gain a range of qualifications. These could include:

  • Level 2 Certificate Logistics & Transport
  • Affiliate Member of CILT
  • Level 2 Apprenticeship Port Operations
  • Gain higher level qualifications

Get promoted

We'll be behind you every step of the way as you move up the ranks. Right from the start of your training, you'll get the support and encouragement you need to make a success of your career. Work hard and you could get promoted, which will mean more responsibility and extra pay. And along the way, you'll pick up qualifications that are recognised by civilian employers.

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