The ‘future ports workforce’? Getting started on a hard question… - It seemed like a simple enough question. What are the future skills needs of the port sector? But - when asked to a round table of HR Directors from port operators - it became clear that the question is anything but simple. Our current experience, and our opening guess, is that we’re increasingly needing to go into new territory for the skills and talent we need. That these territories are more contested – a lot of employers will want people with data skills, for example. And we’ll need to up our game in terms of our proposition to new people and how we develop existing colleagues. That’s a pretty complicated outlook. It’s a vital topic to get a grip on. Technology, processes and ways of working are only as successful as the people designing, directing and operating them.