Ryan se­cures mod­ern ap­pren­tice­ship place

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The first in­take of ferry op­er­a­tor CalMac’s new port op­er­a­tions mod­ern ap­pren­tice­ship stu­dents have cast off on their train­ing voy­age.

The com­pany has joined forces with Forth Ports Lim­ited to de­liver the mod­ern ap­pren­tice­ship to a group of five trainee port and har­bour as­sis­tants, the first of its kind in the coun­try which in­cludes Ryan Bell from Kingscross, who will be work­ing on the Ar­drossan to Brod­ick route.

Key com­mit­ment

‘Pro­vid­ing train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple in the com­mu­ni­ties we sup­port is a key com­mit­ment within our oper­at­ing plan, and I’m de­lighted to wel­come these five new trainees to the com­pany. Ex­pand­ing our ex­ist­ing MA pro­gramme into port op­er­a­tions will en­sure we have the right peo­ple in place for the fu­ture in what is a vi­tal area of ser­vice de­liv­ery,’ said CalMac’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Rob­bie Drum­mond.

‘This new MA is the solid foun­da­tion for build­ing a long term ca­reer in har­bour man­age­ment.’

Over the 15-month pro­gramme of on-the-job and class­room train­ing MAs will qual­ify to SVQ level 2 in Port Op­er­a­tions along with an ad­di­tional in­dus­try qual­i­fi­ca­tion in plant and health and safety. Train­ing will be car­ried out at ports across the CalMac net­work and at Forth Ports’ new Skills and Busi­ness Cen­tre in Grange­mouth.

Ap­pren­tice Ryan Bell with CalMac man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Rob­bie Drum­mond and Stu­art Wal­lace, chief oper­at­ing of­fi­cer Forth Ports.

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