CalMac and City of Glasgow College celebrate a Year of Firsts

City of Glasgow College and CalMac apprentices celebrate a year of significant milestones as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

A partnership with City of Glasgow College sees all classroom elements of CalMac’s engineering and deck apprenticeships now delivered in Scotland. This is a first for the ferry operator who has also introduced an MA in Hospitality with maritime enhancements – the first of its kind in the UK.

Three modern apprentices; Kathleen MacDonald MA in Hospitality Services, Jamie Humphreys MA in Maritime Occupations Deck Rating, and Daniel MacIntyre MA in Maritime Occupations Engine Rating, were joined at the company’s Gourock HQ by Inverclyde MSP, Stuart McMillan, and CalMac Managing Director, Martin Dorchester, who said:

“I am extremely proud of the young people who have come up through our apprenticeship training; they are a genuinely strong addition to our teams across the network and have been welcomed by our crews.

“Bringing the classroom element of the courses to Scotland for the first time has been a long-held goal of ours and I’m delighted the partnership with City of Glasgow College has successfully brought this to fruition. The addition of our third apprenticeship and the development of the content for that course, has also benefitted from this close relationship.”

City of Glasgow College Principal and CEO, Paul Little, said that modern apprenticeships were essential to growing a national skills base adding:

"We're delighted to be working in partnership with CalMac. City of Glasgow College very much values the important role employers play in shaping our educational system to create a talent pool for recruiting the workforce of the future. By linking directly with the maritime industry our college offers a rich blend of personalised learning which not only focuses on the individual needs of our students but in turn makes a vital contribution to our nation's economy." 

CalMac’s apprenticeships have grown significantly in popularity and in 2016 around 1200 young people applied for just 30 available positions. In another first, the Merchant Navy Training Board has named CalMac as one of the top five companies in the UK for maritime apprenticeship numbers.

Stuart McMillan MSP said:

“Since 2014, 40 apprentices have undertaken CalMac apprenticeships with 90% of them employed by the company. And they are committed to increasing the numbers of Modern Apprentices they employ as part of their winning bid to run the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services contract.”