Apprenticeships are particularly suited to the maritime sector because so many jobs within it require competencies learned through a mix of practical learning and theoretical study. From working in a busy port to catering on a cruise ship, from navigating the open sea to lifting a superyacht ashore, from building a fast ferry to driving it, the maritime sector offers a wide and growing range of apprenticeships as the starting-point for some very rewarding careers. For a complete list of maritime-related apprenticeships download the document HERE

In late 2020, a new partnership for the provision of selected maritime apprenticeships was formed by the Marine Society and SeaRegs Training Ltd. The organisations now offer high quality training in Boatmaster, Workboat Crewmember and Port Operative apprenticeships across the country and specifically on the River Thames.  The partnership brings together our strong employer and industry connections and is looking to expand numbers and geographical coverage, as demand returns, post COVID-19

SeaRegs Training is an Independent training provider, delivering MCA, STCW, SQA and RYA professional courses and has a solid background in providing maritime apprenticeships. They have a proven track record of providing well-regarded training courses for the code and class vessel sector and training in ports.

Training is currently based out of fully-equipped facilities at Royal Docks Sea Cadet Boat Station in London and SeaRegs’ Training base and vessels at Turnchapel Wharf in Plymouth, with regular use of employer facilities, such as the Port of London Authority in Gravesend.

We currently offer three maritime apprenticeships;

  1. Level 3 Boatmaster  

This 24 month programme prepares apprentices to ensure the safe passage and operation of a small vessel. Apprentices will gain the Tier 1 Level 2 Boatmaster Licence from the MCA together with a number of MCA and RYA certifications


  1. Level 3 Workboat Crewmember

This 20 month programme prepares apprentices to work on variety of specialist small vessels up to 24m length including passenger, crew transfer and offshore support. To learn more about the Workboat sector watch HERE


  1. Level 2 Port Operative

This 12-18 month programme prepares apprentices to work within a port environment and handle cargo, passengers or marine craft. To learn more about British Ports watch HERE

All apprentices must pass an End Point Assessment conducted by an external examiner. This typically involves a professional discussion, a presentation and a project with the results graded pass, merit of distinction.


4. Level 3 Outdoor Activity Instructor

This 12-15 month apprenticeship prepares apprentices to work as instructors the outdoor activity sector. Training is carried out at the employers premises and residential blocks spent at Sea Cadet training centres. Apprentices will gain up to 3 NGB certificates of the employers choice.



Training is paid for out of employer-levy funds however non-levy paying employers must pay an additional contribution of 5%. We can set up your account on the Digital Apprenticeship Service and reserve funding for any potential apprentices. More detail on how this funding works can be found HERE. Currently, the government offers an incentive scheme to encourage employers to create vacancies and recruit apprentices.



Vacancies can be found at Alternatively, we can manage the recruitment of your apprentice vacancies for these standards. We have direct access to over Sea Cadets 16+ who will have gained a range of nautical skills and proficiencies and have an interest in maritime.


Hear what some of our apprentices say..

Ted Jones, Boatmaster L3

Clemence Barbey, Boatmaster L3

Meet the Apprentice - Clemence Barbey - Port of London Authority | Maritime UK

Clemence Barbey: Life as a deckhand