5 lucky apprentices are being sponsored by GMLPF to help sail a tall ship on a voyage from Whitehaven to Liverpool in June.
The week-long voyage on the Class A tall ship, Pelican of London, forms part of the ApprenticeShip Cup regatta, hosted and managed by Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust (MAST). The regatta involves several tall ships, and provides the opportunity to stretch and develop apprentices in a challenging but safe environment.
The apprentices sailing on the Pelican are Michael Gibbons (apprentice with Wirral Metropolitan College), Ellie Gardam and Lauren Monroe (apprentices with Lite Ltd), and Bradley Stead and Matt Watkinson (apprentices with Riverside College). At a briefing session last week, they were given the details of their exciting trip. They will be meeting in the early hours of June 21st at the Albert Dock, and taken by coach to the ship which is docked in Whitehaven, boarding about midday.
During the voyage, the apprentices will be trained in all aspects of running a ship, including steering, setting sails, keeping watch, navigating and climbing the rigging. The Pelican will sail from Whitehaven to Liverpool via Belfast with a possible circuit of the Isle of Man. During the journey, there is a good chance the apprentices will catch glimpses of marine wildlife such as dolphins and basking sharks.
Apprentices who complete the journey will achieve the internationally recognised RYA Competent Crew qualification. Additional awards and individual achievements will also be recognised at an Awards Dinner to be held after the apprentices return.
James Glendenning, CEO of GMLPF said
“The Apprentice Ship Cup is a unique chance for local apprentices to apply the skills they have been developing on their apprenticeship in a new and challenging environment – skills like team work, communication and leadership.
“GMLPF is proud to be supporting these five apprentices in this exciting venture. I have no doubt that the voyage will lead to significant personal growth, which will benefit both themselves as individuals, and their employers. We wish them every success and are confident they will all make the very most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”