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Ferry operator Red Funnel signs shipyard apprenticeship agreement

By Laurence Mcclenaghan
16 February 2022

An Isle of Wight ferry operator has signed an agreement with two shipyards to help develop its apprentices.

Southampton-headquartered Red Funnel will work with A&P and Cammell Laird to train apprentices at commercial ship repair yards across the UK from September this year.

A&P have operations in Hebburn, Middlesbrough and Falmouth while Cammell Laird are based at Birkheanhead.

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Fran Collins, Chief Executive Officer, Red Funnel said: “A&P and Cammell Laird engineers play a fundamental role in maintaining and supporting the Raptor Class, boosting efficiency, reducing downtime and enhancing the availability of the fleet for Red Funnel customers.

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“This new collaborative Apprenticeship Agreement will offer Red Funnel, A&P and Cammell Laird apprentices an insight in ship repair, ship building and life at sea, which will give them a greater insight into the importance of their training and future career.”

Red Funnel operates a fleet of vessels between Southampton and the Isle of Wight, which carries 3.4 million passengers and 900,000 vehicles each year.