Saturday, October 19, 2019
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A partnership between CalMac and Glasgow City College has been acknowledged when the College won the 2019 Association of Colleges' (AoC) Beacon Award.

The college won in the City & Guilds College Engagement with Employers category for its training and apprenticeship partnership with the ferry company.

The Beacon assessors consider this an "outstanding project" – offering meaningful employment to young people in remote island communities.

The partnership between the college and CalMac has been running for over three years, training young people as Deck, Engineering and Retail Modern Apprentices (MA) within the ferry operator's fleet. This provides a start in a career at sea, improves the college's links with industry and helps CalMac support island culture communities across the west coast.

Youngsters from Skye, South Uist, Greenock and Glasgow are among the Deck, Engineering and Retail Modern Apprentices taken on by CalMac recently.

Christine Roberts, Director of HR for CalMac Ferries Ltd, said: "We are delighted that our link up with City of Glasgow College has been recognised at these prestigious awards. This partnership has helped us in our commitment to increase career opportunities within the company for young people throughout our areas of operation. It has been instrumental in helping us more than double the number of Modern Apprentices we are training for a career at sea. Together we are helping to bring through the next generation of seafarers with industry leading skill sets."

Picture shows: (LtoR) Jamie Humphrys from Greenock, Kathleen MacDonald from Glasgow, Megan Macdonald from South Uist and Daniel MacIntyre from Skye are among the Deck, Engineering and Retail Modern Apprentices taken on by CalMac recently.

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