Over 6 weeks, Paul, Thomas, Steyn and Andree did a traineeship for the Medway Queen Preservation Society (Medway) where they have learnt to improve their professionals skills and practice the English language.
They all came from Belgium where they are currently unemployed, but thanks to VDAB, a Belgian job center, they had the opportunity to come to Gillingham as interns on the PS Medway Queen (a historic paddle steamer which is now being restored).
They are between 20 and 50 years old, and come from different parts of Belgium, they were fisherman or long term unemployed in the past, but have decided to move into new work.
Working as mechanics, painters, sprayers and electricians on the Medway Queen, they feel very rewarded with this foreign experience, they found it to be a nice atmosphere. Obviously, the blending with volunteers, interns and full-timers make the society an easy to work with team.
This experience has given them new skills, they now have more hope to find a job in Belgium.. and we wish them all the best!
From left to right : David (a 21 year-old-apprentice, Maidstone), Thomas (a 23 year-old-painter, Belgium), Paul (a 42 year-old-sprayer, Belgium), Andree (a 47 year-old-electrician, Belgium), Stign (a 27 year-old-mechanic, Belgium), Arron (a 21 year-old-apprentice, Chatham), Robb (a mechanic volunteer).
For further information, please contact :
Estelle Moricel, PR & Communication intern
Tel :01634 575717
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Or, Brian Goodhew, Press Officer
Tel : 01795 843317