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11th May 2015 - Press Release

Port continues to invest in local young people

The Port of Dover has been on the search for the latest local addition to the team of young people being nurtured and supported in a port-related career at Dover.

Combining the exciting operations of Europe’s busiest ferry port with the potential experience of being involved in one the of the biggest development projects in the South East, Dover Western Docks Revival, it is an exciting time to join the Port of Dover team. 

Following a formal selection process, the Port is delighted to award this year’s bursary to Owen Hayward. Forming part of the Port’s wider Youth Engagement Scheme (YES), the bursary scheme aims to encourage local students to take up study at university in a port-related field with a long term view of ensuring that the future success of the Port is driven by local people. The Port also provides the students with paid work placements during or following the period of their study of up to one year.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive for the Port of Dover says:

“I am delighted to award Owen his bursary, another sign of the Port’s commitment to giving young people the tools for future success here in Dover. The scheme is bringing the Port and its community closer in developing a shared understanding of the Port, what it does and its place within Dover as a major employer now and in the future. The aim is to serve the Port’s customers in the years to come through young local people delivering excellent customer service in their chosen profession.”

Owen, born in Dover, lives in Deal and attends Sir Roger Manwood’s School in Sandwich where he is currently in his final year studying ‘A’ level Maths, Business Studies and Geography.  Owen will then go on to study a BSc in Accounting & Finance at the University of Sussex. 

Owen Hayward says:

“I feel extremely proud for having been given the opportunity by the Port of Dover.  To get such support from a local business to develop my skills and to have the chance to experience life at the Port and share in its exciting future plans is fantastic.”


Issued by Corporate Affairs on 01304 240400 (ext. 4410 from 8.30 – 17.00)

Notes to Editors:

  • Photo 1 – Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Own Hayward and Anita Wilson, General Manager – Corporate Administration (left to right)
  • Photo 2 – Own Hayward and Anita Wilson, General Manager – Corporate Administration (left to right)
  • The Port handles 13 million passengers, 2.4 million freight vehicles and £100 billion of UK/European trade.
  • The Port supports 22,000 jobs, many of which are in the local community.
  • It has a shared vision to protect and enhance short and long term port capacity for the nation whilst delivering the catalyst for the regeneration of Dover.
  • The Bursary Scheme is part of the Port’s YES (Youth Engagement Scheme) initiative:
    • Working to improve the skills of local young people
    • Supporting our work to develop local skills that match opportunities of a growing port.
    • Enhancing the skills of local young people and fostering the next generation of local people who will keep the town, Port and UK economy moving.
  • The value of each award is equivalent to one term’s fees, to a maximum of £3,000, per academic year, subject to satisfactory progress.
  • Owen has completed the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, has represented his school in the Maths Challenge, participated in a business enterprise project and the IFS Student Investor, where he gained an understanding of how stock markets work.

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