Centreport employees in training

Developing our talent on port

CentrePort is passionate about investing in our talent from within, to help our people excel.

Our focus is on developing our talent and our leadership.

CentrePort is proud of the improvements we’ve made in the quality of training for our staff.

Staff receive training in leadership, project management, professional skills, IT skills and more.

In addition, we offer stevedore training programmes that all link to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority’s (NZQA’s) unit standards, providing employees with qualifications that are externally recognised.

For operational staff, training is accredited and approved by NZQA and validated through Motor Industry Training Organisation (MITO). They also receive a wide variety of training to ensure compliance with regulatory, certification and licensing requirements.

“In many cases these employees are people who have never had a formal qualification in their lives – they end up with a nationally recognised qualification, which is an amazing achievement,”

– Nic Neal, Training Specialist.

Our newer cargo handlers are currently in the process of completing the National Certificate in Port Operations, which is run by MITO. These staff will earn a national qualification that is recognised throughout Australasia.

The training programme benefits both the individual employee and the company, with CentrePort staff receiving guaranteed good-quality training and qualifications.

The qualifications and skills are transferrable and allow them to be more employable in the wider job market.

For CentrePort, we can ensure our team members are always being upskilled and improving their work on port.

“We’ve redesigned and integrated our training. We’ve stripped back programmes from being content heavy to being more practical and aligned with our learner profiles – they are generally more kinaesthetic learners. This has been fantastic for the team on port,”

– Nic Neal, Training Specialist.

Virtual Training

During Alert Levels 4 and 3, the training programmes continued virtually.

The team involved in the heavy machinery training course took part in virtual sessions – utilising tools like GoPros for real-time learning. One person could be set up through a control phone, and other users could operate this remotely.

This means the team will still complete their 12-month course on time, with minimal disruption to the course.

The virtual training conducted during Alert Levels 4 and 3 provided CentrePort with the opportunity to test its virtual learning capabilities. Going forward, this could be further integrated into training programmes, with a blended offering that combines virtual, on-the-job and peer support.