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DFDS sets sail with its latest wave of qualified apprentices

DFDS has hosted a special sailing across the Channel to celebrate the passing out of its latest group of apprentices.

A ceremony took place on board Dunkerque Seaways, and was attended by family, friends and industry representatives.
DFDS apprentices
The five successful DFDS apprentices celebrate their passing out

Five apprentices qualified from the 2016 intake, with four qualifying as Able Seafarers under the Deck Scheme and one qualifying as a Marine Fitter under the Engine Scheme.

Gemma Griffin, vice president of crewing at DFDS: said: “We are so proud of all of our apprentices. They have worked hard both at college and during the on-board phases of the program.

“A career at sea brings wonderful opportunities and when I look at the quality of these apprentices and the other cohorts, I feel sure that the future of DFDS is in very safe and talented hands.”

With a substantial decline in seafarers ratings since the 1980s, recruiting young people to join the industry has been particularly challenging, resulting in DFDS launching its apprentice programme in 2012.

So far, 20 apprentices haver passed through the scheme, with 17 deck apprentices and three engineering apprentices qualifying. The company is now also offering a Catering Scheme – an industry first – which will see students work towards becoming Maritime Caterers.

To further encourage young people in the South East of England to choose a career at sea, DFDS has also been working closely with East Kent College to offer students work experience on board.

The apprenticeships are offered in partnership with the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB), the shipping industry’s central body for promoting and developing sector-specific education and training skills.

The scheme lasts between 18 and 24 months and is aimed at 17 to 24-year-olds with a minimum of Grade C Maths and English at GCSE level.

DFDS will be taking in new apprentices in January 2019. CLICK HERE for more information

Posted on 9th October 2018 at 08:30 am in Ferry Operators | DFDS Seaways | Ferry News |

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