Ashleigh Gillings, Dana Morris, Emily Runciman and Emma Dyball will all work on board the ferry company’s Newcastle-Amsterdam ships this month as part of a programme developed in partnership with Tall Ships organiser Sail Training International. DFDS is a sponsor of the Tall Ships event this year and has offered the trainees a chance to get more experience of life at sea in addition to its sponsorship deal. The girls, from Ashington, will spend time with the company’s experienced seafarers, learning about life at sea and helping out with a range of core tasks, including working in the galley kitchen and preparing cabins before passengers embark for their sailings.
Ashleigh, 19, who volunteers with the Northumberland Youth Service, is hoping that the experience will help her secure a job in the travel industry. She said: “I’d really like to travel in my work, meet new people and visit new places so I’m hoping my time at sea with DFDS will give me a great insight into what it’s like to work on a ferry and what’s involved with working at sea.”