Caledonian MacBrayne offering individuals a chance to learn the ropes

Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) is expanding its modern apprenticeship (MA) programme to include harbour operations.

In its first partnership with another company to deliver specialist training, the UK’s largest ferry operator has joined forces with Forth Ports to devise the new port operations MA.

CalMac operates out of 33 harbours and slipways across the west coast. Apprentices will learn all aspects of loading, unloading and securing cargo, mooring, passenger operations and workplace transport operations.

Human resources director Christine Roberts said: “Increasing training opportunities was a key commitment of our successful bid to continue delivering ferry services across the west coast and I’m delighted to announce the expansion of our MA programme.

“These will be the next generation of staff with the key task of ensuring the safe berthing, loading and unloading of our fleet.

“Port operators need to learn to deal with everything from fishing boats to cruise ships. This new MA will give them the ideal foundation to build a career in harbour management.”

Over the 15-month programme of on-the-job and classroom training, apprentices will work towards Scottish Vocational Qualification level 2 in port operations, while also studying plant and health and safety.

Training will be carried out at ports across the CalMac network and at Forth Ports’ facility in Grangemouth. CalMac is recruiting 25 MAs this year.