CalMac apprentices set sail on careers

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Eight local young people have graduated from a modern apprenticeship scheme which will allow them to embark on their careers with CalMac.

The year-long course entitled MA Hospitality with Maritime Enhancements, is a partnership between CalMac and the City of Glasgow College that allows young people to train specifically to become stewards in the merchant marine industry.

The apprentices had the opportunity to spend some time training on-board CalMac’s fleet, while also learning some theory in the classroom.

Now that they have gained the qualification, they will start full-time employment as stewards in the company.

CalMac’s director of human resources Christine Roberts said: ‘Every year we have sought to create more opportunities to provide long-term seagoing careers for young people from the island and coastal communities we serve.’

Providing good customer service is the most important trait for hospitality workers to have but CalMac stewards need to do much more than that. They also must be fully trained in first aid, firefighting and rescue boat operations to ensure the safety of all passengers on board.

This year CalMac has 20 modern apprentice places in engineering, deck and maritime hospitality.

Recruitment for the 2019 intake opens on Monday March 4. More information about apprenticeship opportunities can be found on the CalMac website.