Maritime Operations - Introduction
With amazing facilities and talented, dedicated staff, we’re one of the UK’s top Nautical establishments, attracting students from all over the world. Our graduate to employment rate is 100%, which is as much a testimony to the high calibre of our students as it is to the excellent relations we enjoy with companies such as Ship Safe Training Group and Clyde Marine.
Three-year sponsored training scheme in the Merchant Navy including the Level 3 Diploma in Shipping – sponsoring companies pay ALL your tuition fees and accommodation AND pay you a salary while you train.
- University courses - featuring the new Foundation Degree in Marine Engineering.
We’re a leading provider of training to industry, as evidenced by our contracts with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (by whom we were voted best UK training provider) and the Gibraltan Port Authority. Recently we formed partnerships with Carnival, Princess and BP. Our tutors are regularly invited to consult to industry, for example to Milford Haven Port Authority on the use on LNG carriers.
On-site resources include a 5-Bridge Full Mission Ship Simulator, a cutting edge Engine Room Simulator, complete with seven metre touchscreen interactive 3D display and a recently refurbished hall of residence. Off-site we have training facilities at Fleetwood’s marine lake and on the River Wyre and in Thornton, at our own purpose-built Fire Ground. In October this year, HRH the Princess Royal officially unveiled an £8.2m refurbishment project of the main teaching block to create a superb learning environment capable of serving the Maritime industry for years to come.
Enrichment – bringing learning to life
With our own boating lake and close proximity to the coast, you have sailing, kayaking, canoeing and swimming all at your disposal. There’s also the opportunity to take part in specialist development weekends to build skills in team-building, management and personal performance. Our resident enrichment specialist provides tuition in several maritime related specialisms.
Careers in the Merchant Navy
If you’re looking for a rewarding career with excellent prospects and the opportunity to travel the world then the Merchant Navy is for you. Stimulating and varied work uses the latest technology, allowing you to take on exciting responsibility at an early age. There are also land-based opportunities for those with appropriate experience and qualifications.
What skills will I need?
A merchant navy deck officer should have management skills and leadership qualities, enjoy using the latest technology and be good at Maths for making navigational calculations. The job involves spending periods away from home so you should have an independent nature.
British Shipping is an industry of the future – well managed, technologically advanced and committed to respecting the environment. Despite the economic downturn, there are still excellent opportunities for capable and enthusiastic young people to train to manage and operate modern and technically sophisticated ships.
Career types and salaries
For more information about the different careers in maritime operations and what you could expect to earn go to nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk or download an FE prospectus below.
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