A new intake of Deck Rating trainees have begun their apprenticeships ahead of careers onboard Stena Line Irish Sea ferries.
The Northern Marine Manning Services Deck Rating apprenticeship takes trainees through a structured two-year programme of training, both at sea and in college where they learn the necessary practical skills and theoretical knowledge to become a fully qualified Able Seafarer.
The latest intake is the second batch of trainees to undergo the apprenticeship following the programme’s launch in 2016.
Christopher Brown, Training Officer, said: “The current college phase consists of all the basic training elements needed for a person to work at sea, such as firefighting, first aid, personal survival and security training.
“Their onboard training will begin mid-January with the trainees applying what they have learned in college to the job itself; learning to steer the vessel, take part in emergency drills and work with the crew to prepare the vessel, passengers and vehicles for sailing.
“The programme so far has been a great success, with last year’s intake taking full advantage of this opportunity and receiving positive feedback from both their college lecturers at Fleetwood Nautical Campus and the crew onboard for their positive attitude to their work and willingness to develop themselves further."
In their role, Deck Rating trainees will support ship operations by carrying out a variety of physical duties, within a supportive team and under the guidance of experienced crew.