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Apprenticeships are jobs with structured training which give apprentices a first class foundation to their subsequent career. There are apprenticeships in:
The MSA has produced a number of short (two page) Briefings with introductory information about apprenticeships and the Apprenticeship Levy. You'll find them all on our Briefings page.
All maritime apprentices are now invited to apply for Student Membership of IMarEST, the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology. Full details here.
As the number of maritime apprenticeships grows we will provide direct links to the companies which offer those opportunities. In the meantime, the links below are to the colleges and training providers who are currently best-placed to provide more information.
Trailblazers: Apprenticeships in England are changing, with a number of 'Trailblazer' working groups reviewing existing apprenticeship standards, and considering new options. They are:
Contact Iain Mackinnon for other sectors or for general questions.
The apprenticeship leads the way to the Boatmaster licence, recognised by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (and at Tier 1 Level 2, the top level, covering tidal rivers and 'limited distances to sea').
The National Maritime Training Centre at North Kent College currently supports apprentices on the lower Thames.
Red Ensign Ltd on the Isle of Wight has also supported this apprenticeship for a windfarm employer.
Sea Regs Ltd, based in Plymouth, has also now been approved to support the apprenticeship.
This apprenticeship is not currently available in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. If you would like it to be, please talk to Iain Mackinnon.
There's a good deal of activity around apprenticeships for ratings at the moment.
Apprenticeships for deck ratings and engine room ratings are currently supported by:
and the following plan to follow suit shortly:
The Maritime Trailblazer Group is currently developing new apprenticeships for ratings working in maritime catering and onboard services. For other roles in the Merchant Navy, including cadetships (for trainee officers), see the Careers At Sea website.
Sea fishing apprenticeships in England are run by Whitby Fishing School (which provides accommodation for apprentices when they are not at sea).
You can find more information about other training in the sea fishing sector here.
We have been developing a new set of qualifications for tidal Inland Waterways which offer more steps towards BML Tier 1 Level 2 certification, and a higher qualification beyond it. Tell us what you think.
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