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Work experience students set sail with P&O Ferries!

FOUR local students from Kent have enjoyed work experience with P&O Ferries this month with the highlight being helping to sail a 47,000 ton ship across the English Channel. 

The GCSE students experienced an action-packed programme which introduced them to the workings of the Dover-based international ferry and logistics company. The itinerary included company safety, port operations, on-board services and a lunch in the crew's mess.

Pictured on the Bridge of the Spirit of Britain are Rose Harrop and Kavaya Limbu, both 15-year-old students at the Duke of York Military School in Dover, where they were shown how to sail the ship by Deck Officer Cadet James Williams. He provided explanations on navigation, Bridge equipment and took them on a tour of the ship's helipad.

Rose said: "I have liked everything, there is nothing I have not liked and working at P&O Ferries seems incredibly exciting and interesting. I cannot believe how kind everyone has been to us.”

The previous week two other Kent students, 17-year-old Callum Deadman from Dover Grammar School for Boys and 15-year-old Kiera Christie from St George's School in Broadstairs, had experienced the same programme.

The work experience course is run by Rachel Crepin, P&O Ferries' Fleet Procurement Manager. She said: "This is the seventh year that we have successfully introduced local students to P&O Ferries and we hope that their experience will inspire many more. Working for a company which sails the biggest ferries on the English Channel is very exciting and we know that the young people in the communities we serve will become our employees and customers of the future."

P&O Ferries' 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 27,000 times a year on eight major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Belgium. It operates more than 20 vessels which carry 8.4 million passengers and 2.3 million freight units annually.