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I have noticed how lots of the waiting staff on board are very young, presumably just working for the summer. How do Brittany Ferries recruit their summer staff, because I am planning on studying French at university and this could be the ideal summer job for me in a year or two. Thanks

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On the French side of things, here is the link to the BF recruitment page. They say that later this autumn they will be publishing details of seasonal jobs available for next year.

http://corporate.brittany-ferries.com/offres-emploi.aspx

 

I you need help putting together a French-style CV and covering letter to apply for such a job I can put you in touch with the appropriate person. Please send me a direct message if interested.

 

Ed

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97 % of onboard staff are Bretons was the last figure I heard, might be a hard job to get.

 

I always thought it was 100% - but then we met an American waiter and a British cabin steward on Pont Aven last month so your 97% figure sounds about right.

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I always thought it was 100% - but then we met an American waiter and a British cabin steward on Pont Aven last month so your 97% figure sounds about right.

Got that figure from a Vimeo video that Martine Jourdren featured in so a wee bit out of date but not greatly,I'm pretty sure one of the English BF staff who now works on their Twitter feed amongst other things used to work on Bretagne so it is do able but won't be easy.

Just watched it again 100% of full time sailors French 99% Breton, so maybe seasonal job might be manageable.

https://vimeo.com/109906854?

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I have noticed how lots of the waiting staff on board are very young, presumably just working for the summer. How do Brittany Ferries recruit their summer staff, because I am planning on studying French at university and this could be the ideal summer job for me in a year or two. Thanks

 

 

BF just made a large number of temporary (seasonal) now on permanent contracts, so it is not a good time. Presumably to save the cost of the recruitment / training drive each year.

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I always thought it was 100% - but then we met an American waiter and a British cabin steward on Pont Aven last month so your 97% figure sounds about right.

 

 

I don't think BF are as strict as they once were. You do not 100% have to be a French national, or resident in France to work onboard. Generally most are, but there are many dual-nationality, a few brits and other foreigners like US and Columbian. I think the critial part is that you are perfectly fluent in both English and French.

 

One exception is the Entertainment staff - who are all from a UK agency.

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I don't think BF are as strict as they once were. You do not 100% have to be a French national, or resident in France to work onboard. Generally most are, but there are many dual-nationality, a few brits and other foreigners like US and Columbian. I think the critial part is that you are perfectly fluent in both English and French.

 

One exception is the Entertainment staff - who are all from a UK agency.

 

Exactly I too once asked about the seagoing positions regarding non French staff as in British, I was informed that British could apply for onboard positions as long as they were fully fluent in French which is a major factor when dealing with an emergency situation where French would be the common language, also you would have to be prepared to join the ship in a French port as that is where the crew changes takes place.

 

Although my French is ok in everyday conversation and understanding a menu I didn't feel I had the language skills appropriate enough to apply even though my Safety at Sea certificate has been recently renewed.

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Pretty sure I heard an American accent doing the announcements on Barfleur last time I went over. Got to admit I prefer listening to French voices though, adds to the feel of a French vessel. Nothing wrong with hiring people from other countries, just sounds nicer over the intercom..😉

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I suspect the "American" accent quite possibly belonged to a Canadian. I've met one in the restaurant on Bretagne on the past.

 

Who may well have a head start over a US or UK citizen when it comes to speaking french - or at least a form of french which is nevertheless completely understandable to all other french speaking people.

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The American member of staff I met on Pont Aven was the genuine article - from Queens Noo York, he said. It was just before their election and we had a long chat about his having to choose between Hilary and the Donald. He didn't have a high opinion of either of them and said How on earth can I decide between those two.

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Canadian French has a very distinctive accent to it within Francophonie. I believe a Quebecois and a French person from La Metropole can't always understand one another! Maybe that's why it's better to speak English!

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Bit like a Norman and a Marseillaise. When working I attended a (french speaking) meeting with personnel from Septemes, near Marseille and from Dorval, Quebec, and spent a lot of the time repeating what had been said with my english accent, which both sides found understandable.

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I'm sure there are a few genuine "Stars and Stripes" working on board, but in general French students studying at an English language school in France tend to come out speaking with quite a pronounced American twang. There is a group of girls we see regularly at weekends who work in the Casino in Roscoff; they speak very good, but heavily accented English.

 

Chris

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I'm sure there are a few genuine "Stars and Stripes" working on board, but in general French students studying at an English language school in France tend to come out speaking with quite a pronounced American twang. There is a group of girls we see regularly at weekends who work in the Casino in Roscoff; they speak very good, but heavily accented English.

 

Chris

 

Just like when I lived abroad - all the locals I spoke to had an American accent, and they told me it was because they learnt most their English from watching MTV :)

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