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Modern Apprenticeship 2021 (Sea-going)

Seagoing Modern Apprenticeships

CalMac Ferries is one of the largest companies headquartered in Scotland, and employs more than 1,700 people both onshore and on board our vessels. We run a popular apprenticeship programme and we are a recognised leader of seagoing apprenticeships with the Merchant Navy. The Merchant Navy Training Board recently named CalMac Ferries as one of the top five UK companies for maritime apprenticeships.

Gaining a spot on our Seagoing Modern Apprenticeship Programmes is a rewarding opportunity. It could also mean you begin your career with all expenses paid training. CalMac's Seagoing Modern Apprenticeships pay well above the industry standard, on top of funding the cost of a college place in Glasgow city centre. As well as time at college, the majority of your training will take place on board our ships, where you will live for two weeks, before having two weeks off to do as you please.

Rewards & Benefits of a CalMac Seagoing Apprenticeship

  • We pay for your college, travel, accommodation and cover your meals when you are away from home, no student loans required.

  • Off the job training at the state of the art City of Glasgow College.

  • Excellent salary with increments throughout your training.

  • On the job training by experienced professionals who will help you all the way.

  • Two weeks at work and two weeks off working pattern.

  • Your own personal mentor to support you with a career at sea.

  • Company pension scheme.

Engine Rating

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As an Engine Rating you will work on the day to day monitoring and maintenance of the engines and equipment in the engine room, as well as maintenance activities elsewhere on the ship. You will also be involved in cleaning, lubricating, repairing and fitting new or refurbished parts under direction of engineering officers. This course begins in September and takes around two years to complete.


Retail Rating

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As a Retail Rating your focus will be on looking after our customers. Our retail crew have the critical customer-facing role of ensuring our passengers enjoy a stress free journey. You will work in our food and drink outlets and ensure the ship is kept in great condition for your passengers and fellow crew. This course begins in September and takes one year to complete.


Deck Rating

deck rating

As a Deck Rating you will be part of the mooring operations team and once fully qualified, you will steer the ship and also act as a look-out on the bridge. Our Deck Ratings also assist with the operation and maintenance of the ship's deck equipment. The course begins in September and takes around two years to complete.


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