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.
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.