Green services apprentices set sail in ocean race

A team of Glendale apprentices and staff have set sail from Liverpool to participate in The Apprentice Ship Cup race.

The Glendale crew. Image: Supplied
The Glendale crew. Image: Supplied

The 14 apprentices - whose day jobs include landscaping, grounds maintenance, arboriculture, vegetation control and woodland management - have adopted the role of crew members and are completing challenges to develop themselves as sailors.

They boarded the Pelican of London on 8 June at Albert Dock at the start of its voyage to Dublin, as part of a fleet of six tall ships carrying up to 400 young people. The race which has three stages: Liverpool to Dublin, Dublin to Glasgow and Glasgow to Liverpool.

Glendale's apprentices earned their place in the competition by completing an Ironman triathlon, raising £10,000 for the organisers of the Cup, the Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust (MAST).

Peter Cosgrove, general manager at Glendale Liverpool said: "Following the success of the 2014 event, the team was determined to earn its place in this years’ competition.

"It’s a fantastic opportunity as it emphasises the importance of core skills such as teamwork, problem solving and communication. It also puts apprenticeships in the spotlight and the benefits they hold for young people and businesses."

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