HOVERTRAVEL has announced the appointment of three new apprentices, all working within the commercial team.

Sophie Harris, Dean McKnight and Ollie Wilson will have responsibility for helping to drive enhanced customer engagement, to extend Hovertravel’s successful e-commerce activities and support the growth of the company’s groups business.

Loretta Lale, head of commercial, said: “Sophie, Ollie and Dean have already proved their worth to the business, by helping us to better engage our customers over the busy festive season – in person, on the phone and online.

"We have strengthened our commercial resources for 2020 to ensure we build on the unique appeal of our hovercraft for our customers around the globe and on both sides of the Solent.”

Hovertravel is a long-term supporter of apprentices, with nine current employees who progressed from an apprenticeship to a permanent job.

Alongside their existing relationship with Highbury College for the finance and engineering departments, Hovertravel has developed a new relationship with South Downs College to create an apprenticeship programme for Hovertravel handling agents.