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New distance learning seminar hosted by the University of Portsmouth

New distance learning seminar hosted by the University of Portsmouth

'Distance Learning While Earning' - The New Normal (Seminar)

In today's working landscape, technological advancements are ever-present and can leave huge gaps in knowledge for people who do not make an effort to learn new skills.

The University of Portsmouth are hosting a seminar centred on the importance and value of distance learning courses. Marine Society are proud to be working with the University on highlighting the importance of personal development - there are a number of courses aimed at seafarers.

This talk with comprise:

The importance to cultivate a a growth mind-set as part of your personal development.

  • The benefits to you and your own company
  • The pathways to getting a degree or master's degree while working
  • The range of distance learning courses accessible to you
  • Develop a research project based on your role in the workplace

In you are interested in taking a course alongside work commitments, allowing you to keep your salary and gain expertise in a field of your choosing, then go to our Degrees page.

Introducing the MS Seareader...

Introducing the MS Seareader...

Marine Society have joined forces with Weilbach to launch the MS SeaReader, a platform that will expand the charities already expansive eBook offer, complementing the vast array of titles already on sale from popular publishers.

A company with a rich heritage like Weilbach felt like the perfect partner for a working collaboration, as both companies carry a similar ethos; supporting the needs of seafarers and the global shipping industry.

Weilbach expressed their pleasure at being a part of Marine Society’s long-term vision:

"The Marine Society & Sea Cadets are a maritime charity who help teenagers to cope with the world as it is today and support people who work at sea to take advantage of professional opportunities.

Their vision is to be the leading maritime charity for youth development and lifelong learning and we are pleased to play a small part in their work."

The SeaReader itself is essentially a digital technical catalogue for use on board a vessel. The publications are displayed in a digital format that is quick and efficient to navigate whether the user is online or offline.

SeaReader has all the latest mandatory publications on board at all times, therefore making compliance inspections far easier.

Shipping costs and administration associated with maintaining a paper library are eradicated, there are no physical books to ship and the entire library can be updated with the click of a button.

To find out more about the MS SeaReader and explore all the available eBooks, please go to .



Our Port of London Authority apprentices end 2021 on a high

Our Port of London Authority apprentices end 2021 on a high

We are delighted to announce that seven of our Port of London Authority apprentices have passed their Boatmaster Tier 1 Level 2 apprenticeships with distinction grades at the first attempt.

Marine Society offer apprenticeship standards in association with SeaRegs Training in Boatmaster, Workboat Crewmember and Port Operative apprenticeships across the country and specifically on the River Thames.

If you're interested and want to become a maritime apprentice then click here for our Apprenticeships page to find out more.

MCG Covid-19 Redundancy and Retraining Bursary Fund extended until March 2022

MCG Covid-19 Redundancy and Retraining Bursary Fund extended until March 2022

The Redundancy and Retraining Bursary Fund - created by the Maritime Charities Group and administered by Marine Society - is to be extended until March 31st 2022 amid ongoing Covid resitrictions and latest industrial developments.

Trinity House and the Merchant Navy Welfare Board, both of which are MCG members, will be providing the bulk of bursary funding, alongside a contribution from the Slater Fund.

The scheme has been helping unemployed UK seafarers affected by redundancy or cancellation of a contract to retrain or upskill since its inception last year. Seafarers such as John Scott Agnew have already benefitted from the fund, his story was covered in the Nautilus Telegraph.

Go to our Redundancy Fund page for more details.

Marine Society earn further three year accreditation from Matrix

Marine Society earn further three year accreditation from Matrix

The Marine Society Team are delighted to announce that we have achieved a further 3 years re-accreditation by Matrix.

matrix Standard is the international quality standard for organisations that deliver information, advice and guidance (IAG). Either as their sole purpose or as part of their service offering.

We were first awarded accreditation in 2009 as part of our IAG delivery which underpins all of our services and our support to seafarers.
It is now a requirement by the ESFA for education providers who receive government funding, with Marine Society passing the Matrix review for a fifth time.