#DYWKeyworker - John Williamson - Port of Cromarty Firth

Tuesday, 2nd June 2020

Name: John Williamson

Job Title:

Marine assistant

Deckhand

Coxswain

Company: Port of Cromarty Firth

Hometown: Invergordon

What attracted you to the industry you are in?

Industry that requires a wide range of skills much of the time spent working outdoors

How long have you been with the company?

30 years

Describe your day-to-day role;

Operate and maintain company's pilot boats, marine support to ships and the rigs visiting the Cromarty Firth.

What kind of training have you done?Have you completed any professional qualifications?

Boat handling, navigation, mechanical maintenance , first aid & IT

What skills have you learned?

Communication and sharing of knowledge and ideas

Have you completed any professional qualifications?

Boatmaster license

VHF license

Do you like living and working in the Inverness & Highlands?

I enjoy outdoor activities, the beautiful countryside. It is a great place for schooling and further education for young people

What skills are the most important for you to do your job well?

Critical thinking, decision making, problem solving, being organised, good communication & teamwork skills

Is there anything unusual about your role?

Some of the extreme weather conditions we work in

Do you get a lot of support from your company?

Unbelievable amount of support but not just from my managers, also from the people I work along beside

What’s your favourite part of the job?

Now at 58 years old, passing on some of what i have been taught to new members of staff and in turn learn from them

Did you always want to pursue a career in this industry?

Joined the merchant Navy at 16, then came to work with the Port aged 28 and have never considered a career change

What is your advice for young school leavers looking to start an apprenticeship?

Have an interest in the chosen career. Be prepared to work hard,be prepared to listen and learn, Be inquisitive & respectful.

What is your career goal?

to pass on the knowledge and good work ethics to the next generation .

How does it feel to be a KeyWorker on the frontline, supporting the Country’s fight against Covid-19?

Horrible and difficult but proud to be part of a team, working hard to come through these difficult times

Tell us what makes you proud to be a Keyworker?

knowing we will come through these extremely tough time working together.