Launch your career

Starting in 2021, our two-year Graduate Training Scheme is designed to give you a 360-degree view of the UK's leading port operator, providing you with the skills and experience you need to become a future leader. There's no better time to join our business and grow your career with us.

What you'll be doing

The scheme will be very challenging, offering a unique opportunity to develop a range of key skills such as innovation, project management, health and safety and core leadership throughout the duration of your placement, all with the support of a senior mentor.

About the scheme

We are looking to take on five graduates for the following positions:

  • Port Management

    You'll join one of two port management streams, based primarily in Southampton or the Humber. Working closely with Port Managers and other senior leaders, you will be able to gain experience in a wide range of departments including Operations, Commercial, Port Management, Compliance, Strategy and Project Management.

  • Property Management

    You will be supporting the management function by working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to achieve organisational targets and maximise rental returns whilst managing property risks. We will train you to understand all elements of ABP's property portfolio and associated activities in accordance with legislative requirements. You'll have the opportunity to spend time working at multiple ABP locations across the UK.

  • Human Resources

    You'll be given real responsibility early on, working closely with our business leaders on projects across the full range of functions; talent and recruitment, employee relations, reward, learning and development, HR Services & payroll and HR Business Partnering. You’ll be based in either Hull or head office in London.

  • Finance

    You will join the Financial Planning & Analysis team where you will be involved in running the financial forecasts, be part of the business plan process, learn about ABP’s capital programme, use financial systems and provide insightful information through reporting. You will also be involved in our strategy process and be exposed to financial controlling activities such as preparation of management information, statutory accounts and internal audits.

Where you'll be based

We're looking for graduates in the following locations:


The UK's largest cruise port, built to handle the biggest ships in the world.


Our largest region, offering a wide variety of opportunities.

Wales & Short Sea Ports

Including 5 ports in Wales and 11 Short Sea Ports across the UK.

Other ABP locations

We also have a head office in London.

Reap the rewards

As well as a starting salary of £28,000, you'll enjoy a variety of rewards and benefits at ABP.

Annual bonus

Pension scheme

Competitive holiday allowance

Private healthcare

Employee discounts

Opportunity to buy extra holiday

About you

If you are ambitious and have a passion to develop a career in maritime and logistics, have a degree (min 2.1), can be flexible on location and are prepared to challenge yourself, learn quickly and work hard - our graduate training scheme could be the right fit for you.

About ABP

The port industry in the UK is the second largest in Europe and Associated British Ports (ABP) is the largest port operator in the country, with 21 ports around Britain. ABP's ports include Immingham, the UK's largest port by tonnage, and Southampton, the nation's second largest container port, as well as the UK's number one for cars and cruise ships. Every year, ABP handles around 25% of all UK seaborne trade – more than 85 million tonnes of cargo. Collectively the ports handle around 1.4 million containers, 1.7 million vehicles and around 3 million cruise and ferry passengers each year. We also own and run Britain's busiest inland rail terminal, Hams Hall.

The Application Process


Application review


Online testing


Telephone interview


Assessment centre


Start September 2021

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