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School leaver achieves business apprenticeship success

This news release was published on: 06 February 2018

Ciaran Donnelly
Ciaran Donnelly

The future is bright for a 17-year-old Ferryspeed employee who recently passed his Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Business Administration.

Ciaran Donnelly joined the company in September 2016, when he left school, and works in the Customer Services department. Since joining Ferryspeed Ciaran has passed both his Level 1 and 2 qualifications, and is now working on Level 3.

“The apprenticeship has enabled me to gain experience and skills within a working environment, while also gaining a qualification,” said Ciaran. “I have enjoyed my time at Ferryspeed and look forward to continuing my higher Level 3 qualification.”

Ciaran is undertaking his apprenticeship through PETA, one of the largest training organisations on the south coast, and he attends training at the organisation once a week during office hours.

Being based in Customer Services, which has 27 people in the department, has provided Ciaran with experience in a multitude of areas such as shipping and customs.

Lee Hollands, Ferryspeed’s Group Services Manager said, “Ciaran has made the transition from senior school to a business environment look incredibly easy. He has fast become a key member of our Customer Service team and Ciaran is always happy to take on new challenges as his development progresses.

“He is now progressing onto the higher Level 3 qualification and I’m sure this course will provide Ciaran with the additional tools and skills required, as his career progresses with Ferryspeed. We wish him every success with this Level 3,” added Lee.

Ciaran’s apprenticeship is part of The Ferryspeed Academy, which was launched last year. The programme gives every member of staff across all of its depots access to training and the opportunity to acquire new skills. Ciaran’s success follows hot on the heels of a 13-month IT apprenticeship recently completed by Mark Hayles.


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