P&O Ferries gives four local youngsters a chance to experience the world of work
P&O Ferries welcomed four students from Kent onto one of its ships on the English Channel last week as part of a work experience course designed to give them an insight into how a shipping company is run.
Thomas Blomfield and Jonathan Last, both aged 15, and 14-year-old Owen Johns took time off from studying for their GCSE's at Harvey Grammar School in Folkestone to attend the week long course. They were joined by 15-year-old Louis Taylor-Brice from Sandwich Technology School.
P&O Ferries' work experience programme is run by Rachael Crepin, who works in the fleet procurement department. She said: "Local students are our employees of the future so we are keen to show them what working at one of Britain's leading ferry and logistics companies is like."
"Their itinerary included a briefing on the importance of safety, a trip to our warehouse in Whitfield, an introduction to our on-board services department which includes restaurants and shops on the ships, and a visit to the Spirit of France, a 47,000 ton ferry which sails ten times a day between Dover and Calais."
The four work experience students are pictured along with Rachael Crepin (far left), the captain of the Spirit of France Steve Johnson (centre) and on-board services manager Paul Staveney (far right).
Louis Taylor-Brice said: "I was interested in a career at sea before doing this work experience week and am now more interested than ever. I really enjoyed the visit to the Spirit of France, especially the engineering department, and the captain has very kindly invited me back to spend another day on board later this month."
Owen Johns added: "I really enjoyed touring the warehouse at Whitfield and seeing how products are received and prepared for distribution to the ships."
P&O Ferries has been running its work experience programme for more than six years and welcomes applications from young people who are interested in preparing for their careers. The Dover-based employer's wider stakeholder programme offers visits to schools and colleges within the local community, a free initiative with the visit often tailored to school requirements and their current projects.
P&O Ferries is a leading pan-European ferry and logistics company, sailing on eight major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Belgium. It operates more than 20 vessels which carry 10 million passengers, 1.6 million cars and 2.2 million freight units every year.