Liverpool shipping industry inspires next generation of seafarers.

26 February, 16

Four aspiring seafarers have been drawn into Liverpool’s maritime heritage after being accepted onto a three-year Officer Cadet training scheme with global carrier X-Press Feeders and Bibby Ship Management.

The scheme, which will be sponsored by X-Press Feeders and managed by Bibby Ship Management, will see the new recruits – Luke Jakes, Conrad Dempsey, Claire Allan and Jonathan Jones – experience maritime activity both practically, at  sea, and academically, at  various nautical institutes around the UK.

The appointment of the Trainee Officers is demonstrable of X-Press Feeders’ recent commitment to investing in Officer Cadet training, and subsequently contributing  to the next generation of highly trained crew.

Welcoming the enrolment, X-Press Feeders North Europe Operations Manager Andrea Del Giudice said: “It’s fantastic to see young people come to Liverpool to embark on a career in the shipping industry. Luke, Conrad, Claire and Jonathan will learn a great deal over the next three years and contribute to the growing pool of British Officers. I wish all four Trainee Officers the best in their roles and look forward to guiding them in their careers.”

X-Press Feeders have always recruited into a management trainee scheme, as part of a policy to secure the right calibre of people for commercial and operational management roles within the company. With the mantra that seagoing experience is crucial to the development and progression of the industry, the business hopes that the current Trainee Officers will fill the pipeline from which future managers and directors can be drawn.

In Bibby Ship Management, X-Press Feeders have chosen an organisation with a rich maritime history and a very successful Trainee Officer programme that currently manages 82 Officers for a variety of sponsoring companies.

Julie Arnold, Training and Cadet Manager for Bibby Ship Management, said: “X-Press Feeders will give these young Trainee Officers the right training and assistance, which will give them the grounding they need for a long and successful career in the industry.”

“We are very excited to commence working on this scheme with X-Press Feeders and with these Trainee Officers, and all of us at Bibby Ship Management wish them well as they embark on their seagoing careers.



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