Maritime Able Seafarer - Apprenticeship

Course Code: WO00002


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Course Overview

An Able Seafarer (deck) works as a member of the navigation department on board ships and vessels of different types and sizes, carrying out watchkeeping duties; maintaining the safety and security of the vessel, cargo and personnel on board; and undertaking a range of practical seafarer skills covering ropework, anchoring and mooring activities and operations.

  • You'll work a shift rota both on your own and as part of a team.
  • You must be able to work safely in enclosed spaces and at heights, and respond to vessel emergencies.
  • You'll administer first aid; carry out fire prevention and firefighting duties, use survival techniques in the water, and operate survival craft and rescue boats.

With this qualification you'll be able to work on any type and size of ship - anywhere in the world.

Seafarer regulations are set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and are known as the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) and are put into effect in the UK by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

The Able Seafarer Deck Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme under an Apprenticeship Agreement designed by employers in the sector.

It allows the apprentice to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience on board ship, along with functional and personal skills, required for their immediate job and future career.

These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training at Fleetwood Nautical Campus and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context.

Entry Requirements

Apprenticeship training programmes are available to both existing and new staff and for any age. Large employers can use their Apprenticeship Levy to pay for the training programmes also.

For existing staff this offers an ideal opportunity to up-skill and retrain for promotion, whilst for recruitment of new staff, the apprenticeship offers personnel the opportunity to earn as they learn.

Candidates must be physically fit and able to pass the ENG1 medical requirements for a Deck Rating, including lookout duties.
Be committed and willing to work away from home.

If you require any assistance recruiting a new apprentice for your company, contact us on 01253 504800 or email

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods

Teaching and Learning Methods

The apprenticeship is delivered over 5 phases, alternating College and sea phases.

The time at College will be a mix of classroom and practical training using specialist marine, fire and survival equipment.

During sea phases the delegates will have a MNTB Rating task book to complete on board training.

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of any courses within the College are approved to teach and/or assess the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering and/or assessing a given programme are appropriately qualified, with relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Terms and Conditions

European Structural and Investment Funds
Council for Independent Education
European Social Fund
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