100 apprentices on THE BRIDGE!

100 apprentices on THE BRIDGE!

23 June 2017

On board! Yesterday, before THE BRIDGE's festivities that are continuing today in Saint-Nazaire, a hundred apprentices had the honour of being the first passengers to board the Queen Mary 2 in Southampton, Cunards home port. After one night on sea to rally Cherbourg, these youngsters coming from all over the Pays de la Loire are ready to live the magic of the ocean liner's return to Saint-Nazaire...from the deck of Queen Mary 2.


Always looking ahead to the future, THE BRIDGE places youth at the heart of their programme. Supported by Region Pays de la Loire, apprenticeship is the highlight of the actions that are conducted to encourage skills and know-how, chosen today for more than 2,800 youngsters from the Loire region.

Apprenticeship at sea

Alongside the students, future sportsmen and young entrepreneurs, 100 apprentices "apprenticeship ambassadors" have been invited to be the first passengers get to board Queen Mary 2 and to live the magic that is offered by THE BRIDGE, from Southampton to Saint-Nazaire, with a stopover in Cherbourg and its maritime station. This Channel crossing aims to create a joint construction around a theme " enterprising mind". This initiative is considered to be one of the main actions as it highlights the future of apprenticeship.


We have been very lucky to have a wonderful experience. Firstly, on a professional level, this operation has allowed us to widen our contact database as well as collect useful advice about building our business. We now have to put it into good use. Apprenticeship is being put forward in a way that has amazing satisfaction. When I was in high school, I had never heard about it. Being an ambassador has proven to be a challenging yet extraordinary experience and was unreal to be on board Queen Mary 2 !

Clément Colas, cabinet maker apprentice

From « Royal Court Theater » to the « dance floor »

Welcomed in the ocean liner's majestic theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Patrick Boissier, president of THE BRIDGE and Bruno Hug de Larauze, entrepreneur and chief operation officer for Youth on the bridge », the one hundred lucky ones embraced the opportunity of being on board Queen Mary 2 with THE BRIDGE. Some of them did not miss the chance to make a detour to go to the world’s biggest dance floor at sea ! This morning in Cherbourg's harbour, their radiant faces as well as their small eyes proved that the night wasnot only short but also unforgettable, building long lasting memories.