Marine Society has announced a new partnership with Isle of Wight-based charity, United Kingdom Sailing Academy (UKSA).
The two organisations are working together to offer apprenticeships across the UK, helping younger people take their vital first steps towards a career in maritime.
Budding young seafarers have the opportunity to undertake the Level 2 Port Operative Apprenticeship or the Level 3 Workboat Crew Member Apprenticeship.
The Port Operative Apprenticeship contains a series of practical elements to help apprentices understand how to carry out port operative duties. They play an important role in the delivery, loading, unloading and general handling of goods and cargo, making sure it is done safely and securely.
The Workboat Crew Member Apprenticeship is a two-year programme designed to give young people the skills to operate effectively on a variety of workboat vessels, ranging from tugboats to crew transfer vessels. Workboats offer essential survey and towage services in many marine environments, including ports and offshore wind farms.
Ben Willows, CEO of UKSA, said: “Industry partnerships like this are incredibly important for creating more pathways in maritime. The more opportunities on offer, the more young people we can get into the workplace to start long-term maritime careers fulfilling vital roles in the maritime industry.”
Darrell Bate, Director of Maritime Training and Development at The Marine Society reiterated the importance of this partnership, saying: “We are thrilled to partner with a renowned maritime organisation who share our passion for high standards of training and will enable us to expand the number of apprentices training in the maritime sector. We look forward to developing our offer with UKSA in response to the growing employer demand for relevant skills”
To discuss the apprenticeships on offer and how you can become a Marine Society/UKSA apprentice, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Darrell Bate 07904 118841. More information is also available at www.uksa.org .