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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Adventurous apprentices take to the seas

19/06/2014

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Adventurous apprentices at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be setting sail this weekend as part of a national challenge.

"Although it will be a lot of fun, they will also gain vital skills that will hold them in good stead for the future, both professionally and personally. Teamwork will be high on the agenda and stamina will be pushed to the limit. The group will also be able to hone their social skills as they will be meeting people from all different walks of life from across the country." 

Tim Wareham - Learning and Development Manager

 A five-strong team will be joining hundreds of other young people, aged 16-25, for the ‘ApprenticeShip Cup Challenge’.

James Russell, 21, Ben Shipley, 19, Jack Burton, 21 Jack Durham, 21, and Dru Lunney, 24, will be boarding the ‘London Pelican’ tall ship on Sunday, June 22.

They will start their journey from Whitehaven, travelling to Belfast before circling the Isle of Man and returning to Liverpool on Friday, June 27.  

The group will be taking part in team building activities alongside fellow apprentices from other organisations from across the country.

Tim Wareham, Learning and Development Manager, said: “The apprentices have worked hard to prepare for this six-day challenge which really is the opportunity of a lifetime.

“Although it will be a lot of fun, they will also gain vital skills that will hold them in good stead for the future, both professionally and personally. Teamwork will be high on the agenda and stamina will be pushed to the limit. The group will also be able to hone their social skills as they will be meeting people from all different walks of life from across the country. This will be an experience that will help them in their careers at the fire service.”

The event is being held by Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust (MAST) with support from both public and private sector organisations.

Its aim is to challenge, stretch and develop apprentices.