Cornelis Vrolijk Group kickstarts engineering careers of HETA apprentices
The Cornelis Vrolijk Group, of which North Atlantic Fishing Company is a subsidiary, has invested in five apprentices from Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA), to help launch their careers at sea.
Amy Conroy, Connor Rawson, Liam Markham, Joe Margarson and Tegan Finnerty left HETA after a year’s training, which includes both practical and classroom learning, to join the Cornelis Vrolijk Group, which operates the Frank Bonefaas trawler, following a partnership that was launched between HETA and Hull Trinity House Academy to support young people in pursuing careers in the maritime sector.
The budding apprentices recently had a tour of the Frank Bonefaas, which they will be working on whilst at sea, and met the crew they will be working alongside. The five apprentices spent two days in the Dutch port city of Ijmuiden, meeting the company’s management team, visiting cold stores and maintenance sheds and meeting the vessel’s chief engineer and skipper.
The apprentices’ maiden voyage will last about 3 weeks and whilst at sea they will learn further skills, such as keeping engineering watches, machinery maintenance and servicing refrigeration systems to support their current training.
Matthew Cox, CEO of North Atlantic Fishing Company said, “We are very excited to support this fantastic apprenticeship programme; it’s brilliant to see young people interested in the maritime industry. Getting future generations on board with careers in the sector can be challenging at the moment, so we’re proud to support and nurture young talent in the early stages of their careers.”
Charlotte Hogben, training and development adviser at HETA’s Hull centre, said “On board the Frank Bonefaas the apprentices were able to relate the equipment back to the skills learnt at HETA which included fluid power, fitting and maintenance.”
The placement is due to last about 3 years, with the new initiative intended to support the industry-wide drive to address the lack of Merchant Navy officers.