Port of Antwerp-Bruges is releasing 10,000 euros to financially support 25 schools that want to take a day trip to the port. Because bus transport has become far too expensive, schools are no longer inclined to make these types of excursions. “Young people cannot be encouraged enough to get to know the port and all possible jobs within the port,” says port alderman Annick De Ridder (N-VA). “This is how we lead the workforce of tomorrow to the port of the future.”
Two classes from the Municipal Institute Brasschaat (GIB) were given a tour of the port of Antwerp on Friday, as part of ‘Port Xpert’. This is a collective name for educational labor market-oriented programs for the third stage of secondary education. The students learn everything about the port, the various companies that are active there and also gain insight into how they work through company visits.
However, it is not always self-evident for schools to connect, because bus transport often proves to be unaffordable. That is why Port of Antwerp-Bruges is releasing 10,000 euros to financially support 25 schools, including the GIB.
Antwerp port alderman Annick De Ridder, as chairman of Port of Antwerp-Bruges, presented a check to deputy Luk Lemmens (both N-VA), responsible for the Port Xpert learning process, on Friday.
“As the most important economic engine of Flanders, Port of Antwerp-Bruges provides 73,000 direct jobs,” says De Ridder. “To keep the engine running, it is important that these jobs remain filled. Young people getting to know the port and all the possible jobs within the port cannot therefore be encouraged enough. This is how we lead the workforce of tomorrow to the port of the future. That is why we finance a substantial compensation for students’ bus transport, which greatly reduces the financial threshold. I am sure that a very challenging world will open up for these students and I sincerely hope that it will encourage them to later fill one of the many very interesting port vacancies.” jacket