Five apprentices sailed into the Albert Dock last Friday after being sponsored by GMLPF to participate in a week-long sail from Whitehaven to Liverpool on a tall ship. The apprentices were in good spirits, looking tanned and windswept after several days at sea. All seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed their experience.
The week-long voyage on the Class A tall ship, Pelican of London, formed part of the ApprenticeShip Cup regatta, hosted and managed by Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust (MAST). The regatta involved several tall ships, and provided the apprentices with the opportunity to stretch and develop in a challenging but safe environment.
The apprentices who successfully completed on the Pelican were 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).
During the voyage, the apprentices were trained in all aspects of running a ship, including steering, setting sails, keeping watch, navigating and climbing the rigging. The Pelican sailed from Whitehaven to Liverpool via Belfast with a circuit of the Isle of Man.
The apprentices will receive the internationally recognised RYA Competent Crew qualification and other recognition for their participation.
James Glendenning, CEO of GMLPF said
“The Apprentice Ship Cup was 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 have supported these five apprentices in this exciting venture. I have no doubt that completing the voyage will lead to significant personal growth, which will benefit both themselves as individuals, and their employers. I’d like to congratulate them all for their commitment and achievement.”