Newly recruited On board Sales and Services (OSS) stewards have undergone training ahead of their postings to Stena Line vessels on the Irish Sea.
Throughout June, eighty trainees have received specialist sea survival and fire training in Glasgow, as well as classroom based tuition, in order to prepare them for their duties aboard.
Northern Marine Manning Services are responsible for managing the training programme to ensure the new employees - the majority of whom have hospitality experience – have a thorough understanding of their safety and security responsibilities.
While safety procedures on-board the vessel are led by the Ship’s Officers, OSS employees are also required to have completed mandatory training as all crew have safety related responsibilities.
Gemma John, 19, from Fishguard, recently left her position in Catering with the local council to take up a position with Stena Line.
She said: “The training has been really enjoyable and the trainers have been great and very thorough.
“I was really nervous before coming up to Glasgow – I wasn’t sure how I would manage with the practical training, but I am really pleased I have done it and I can’t wait to get started now on the ship.”
Craig Baillie, 25, from Stranraer, left a restaurant kitchen role and will be posted to a vessel on the Cairnryan – Belfast route.
He said: “I wanted a different career and this was a great opportunity for me.
“It’s something different and being more socially active and having a job where you’re going to be talking and interacting with a lot of people is appealing.
“The intensity and professionalism of the training is impressive - it drives home that you are not just going to be doing a normal job, you’re doing something different, something more unique than working in kitchens onshore.”
Thomas Campbell, Northern Marine Manning Services, Training Manager, said: “The trainees have undergone intensive training over six days in order to prepare them for their duties in On Board Sales and Services, sailing on Stena Line Irish Sea routes.
“This training has included a range of short course in first aid, fire fighting, sea survival and security training, ensuring the new employees understand their safety and security responsibilities.
“Most of the trainees have never carried out training of this nature and it can therefore be a challenge, however they demonstrated a motivated, enthusiastic and committed approach to what was asked of them."
Following the onshore training, the employees will undergo further commercial training and vessel-specific familiarisation onboard the vessels they have been assigned to.