Still Going Strong
Red Funnel currently has four cadets on the programme who are due to complete their training in July this year.
Red Funnel’s apprenticeship programme turns ten this year and continues to provide a platform for individuals to achieve a career in the maritime industry. In 2008, Red Funnel embarked on a concept to grow its own talent when it realised that the industry for British deckhands was shrinking. Larger companies were looking abroad to source labour, which resulted in a shortage in training as well as a reduction in the talent pool of qualified candidates in the UK.
To help address this, Red Funnel’s ‘Trainee General Purpose Deck Hand’ programme was born. The programme offers individuals an opportunity to learn on the job while being paid and become a fully able seaman.
When a cadet first joins, they get the opportunity to work alongside the existing crew for twelve months and obtain an EDH (Efficient Deck Hand) certificate. Following this, they can then complete an AB (Able Seafarer) ticket.
Red Funnel currently has four cadets on the programme. All of them started their studies in July 2017 and are due to complete their training in July this year.
“I’ve honestly loved every minute of my training at Red Funnel and am so excited to finally become a fully-fledged member of the team. My colleagues and mentors have been incredibly supportive throughout the whole process. I would urge anyone who is thinking about a career on the sea to consider applying for an apprenticeship with Red Funnel.”
Nicole Williams, cadet due to finish training this year.