New Isle of Wight trained apprentices welcomed
23 March 2017 – Red Funnel's new apprenticeship scheme has been an overwhelming success after the ferry operator recruits three trainees as full time employees.
The programme, which is run in conjunction with Red Ensign Training on the Isle of Wight, has seen Jana Zinevica, Tom Marsden and Tim Duncan all qualify.
During their year of training, the apprentices worked alongside existing Deck Hands where they helped run the ships; assisting with navigation, cleaning, loading and discharging the vehicle decks and customer service.
The internationally-recognised course, known as the Trailblazer Deck Route, included a combination of SQA Level 2 Certificate in Maritime Studies, Able Seafarer (Deck) and Level 2 Award in Maritime Studies (Deck Rating).
Captain Alwyn Rees, head of ferry operations at Red Funnel, said: "We are pleased the scheme attracted such a high calibre of apprentices and we were delighted to offer all three full-time roles on our Southampton-East Cowes service. The scheme has proved to be extremely beneficial for Red Funnel with our apprentices excelling during their training with Red Ensign. They more than demonstrated their expertise and enthusiasm and we look forward to watching their careers progress in the coming years."
Paul Morter, marine superintendent at Red Ensign Training, said: "This is the first time the Trailblazer Route has been run and we are all so happy it has been such a huge success. The apprentices were brilliant and showed there's nothing like training on the job to learn the vital skills needed, as well as showcase what you can do. We now look forward to seeing more success with the scheme in the future."
One of the successful apprentices, Jana Zinevica, who is now employed as a Deck Hand, added: "I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being an apprentice and love working at Red Funnel. One of my favourite things about the course was doing the emergency procedure training, including firefighting and lifesaving. Now I'm qualified, I get to work on a ship and spend all day on the water and then come home at the end of the day rather than working away as a seafarer for months on end."
The 28-year-old from Southampton added: "Working for Red Funnel is amazing with every day throwing up exciting new challenges. I am also very much looking forward to working with the apprentices of the future."
Red Funnel now plans to recruit another four apprentices and run the programme again this July.