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Saturday, March 2, 2019 

With the UK's National Apprenticeship Week taking place 4-8 March 2019, ferry company DFDS says it wants to help change the maritime industry by boosting seafarer ratings through encouraging those looking for a career path or wanting to change careers.

In September 2019, the company hopes to take on a full cohort of nine deck and three engine apprentices. There are currently eight apprentices in training; five on the deck scheme and three on the engine scheme. Since launching the apprenticeship scheme in 2012, DFDS has seen three groups of deck apprentices and two groups of engineering apprentices qualify and take up full-time employment within the company. In total 14 have successfully completed an apprenticeship with the business.

Gemma Griffin, VP of HR and Crewing at DFDS said: “We are delighted to be able to provide career opportunities for people in our local community here in Dover and surrounding areas.  A career at sea really is exciting, challenging and rewarding.   We offer Apprenticeships in the area of Deck working and Navigating; Engineering and Catering/Onboard Services onboard our vessels and in various other disciplines ashore such as IT, Administration and Management."

DFDS offers two apprenticeship schemes; the Deck Scheme which sees students qualify as Able Seafarers, and the Engine Scheme which sees apprentices work towards becoming Marine Fitters.

The apprenticeships are offered in partnership with the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB), the UK shipping industry’s central body for promoting and developing sector-specific education and training skills.

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