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Mark Bobby, MNTB Chair and Lauren Bishopp, MEF Support Officer recently attended the fourth P&O Ferries Apprenticeship graduation. During the two-year course, the apprentices worked onboard the Dover-Calais fleet and attended North Kent College for their academic training. All eight apprentices received a Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Studies Able Seafarer/Tug Rating (Deck) or an Able Seafarer (Engine Room) SQA Certificate.

 The maritime industry plays a significant role in the economy and one of the biggest challenges we face as an industry is the updating and development of seafarer skills for the future. The MNTB are thrilled to see the growth and development of apprenticeships meaning that potential seafarers have a greater choice on entry levels, thus enabling them to begin a career in the Merchant navy with the qualifications or experience they have obtained. 

 “It was an honour to be part of the graduation event and to meet everyone yesterday.  Mark Bobby said, “the event was a credit to all the apprentices and also P&O Ferries who embrace apprenticeship training with so much enthusiasm not only starting individual  careers but will see the benefits on the Deck and Engine Rooms within the Fleet through company trained individuals”

Conan Miles, one of the Engine Apprentice graduates said, “From starting with no engineering or sea faring experience, I have now seen things I would never had seen if it were not for P&O Ferries, including two refits in Dunkerque and Hamburg.  The confidence I have gained is shown by me being able to stand up here and speak to you today.” He then went on to thank his colleagues, Steve Watkins (Curriculum Manager, North Kent College) and Mike Willis (Company Training Officer, P&O) for their support throughout the apprenticeship.

The MNTB is committed to support initiatives that enable the growth of our industry. Congratulations to the 2017 graduates; we wish them every success in their new roles at P&O.