Shoreham Port apprentice going up – and down – in the world

Luke Walker, the first apprentice in the engineering team at Shoreham Port
Luke Walker, the first apprentice in the engineering team at Shoreham Port

PORT apprentice Luke Walker is going up in the world – and down deeper than ever before.

Having completed his four-year apprenticeship at the end of April, the engineer is off to Scotland to train as a commercial diver.

The nine-week course is sponsored by Shoreham Port and when he returns, he will be able to carry out essential maintenance works underwater.

Luke has achieved an advanced level apprenticeship in engineering manufacture, having started at Shoreham Port in July, 2011.

Port engineer Brian Rousell said: “Luke was our first apprentice in the engineering team and right from day one, he has impressed everyone.

“He embraces a range of different activities requiring a host of specialist engineering skills and now he’s embarking on his diver training, he’ll be a linchpin going forward.

Luke was our first apprentice in the engineering team and right from day one, he has impressed everyone

Brian Rousell, Shoreham Port engineer

“I really hope all future apprentices’ measure up to Luke’s performance.”

Luke previously worked as a bricklayer but was keen to broaden his skills and learn a new trade. Now, his work in the engineering department includes welding, general maintenance and repair work.

He said: “It has been a lot of hard work but it is so rewarding to know that I am now officially qualified and can take on more responsibilities at the port.”