ABP Becomes Latest Major Strategic Partner In Student Life

Associated British Ports (ABP) is the UK’s leading ports operator with 21 ports and boasts the UK’s leading export port for agricultural products at Ipswich.  

 ABP, customs house

Having been a significant financial supporter of Waterfront Life since its inception in 2016, ABP has recently responded to a request for support for a mental health project in Student Life.  Regular readers will be aware that following collaboration with the University of Suffolk’s Students’ Union early last year, followed by further collaboration with Kesgrave High School, a supplement entitled ‘Student Life’ first appeared within these pages.  Over the following months, the supplement grew & grew and in November, the decision was taken to separate the publications, both in print and online.

Since then, the steering group at Student Life has been developing a workshop to deliver into additional 6th forms and colleges in Suffolk this year; an important element of which is encouraging open-discussion on mental health.  ABP was subsequently approached to offer insight into mental health in the workplace and dialogue was initiated with Dr Kate Blackford, part of the Compliance team at ABP and lead member of ABP’s Beyond Zero programme; focussing on improving safety, health and well-being across the business.

Kate’s first editorial content appears in Student Life this month and the well-known doctor is set to become a very valuable, regular contributor.

ABP has now confirmed its significant financial support to Student Life for 2018 and the student steering group is absolutely delighted to have secured this funding.

Paul Ager, ABP’s Divisional Port Manager – East Coast, Short Sea Ports is a staunch supporter.  “Ensuring we support our people to be mentally healthy and resilient is paramount in creating a great place to work.  

Not only does this optimise the performance of our people, but this in turn supports an organisation that performs well and attracts high calibre candidates.  We are proud to be part of continuing support for Waterfront Life and Student Life, and look forward to our participation in this very important topic”.