Marine Society have officially opened a new bursary fund titled the Green Skills Bursary in an attempt to financially support seafarers who are working within the offshore and renewable sectors.
These jobs within the chosen sectors have specific requirements as laid down in the IMCA C 018 publication ‘Basic Safety Training Requirements for Vessel Personnel Employed in the Offshore Renewable Energy Sector’. The training standards for these courses are set by the Global Wind Organisation (GWO) and the Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organisation OPITO, the skills organisations for the sector, which are required in addition to the basic STCW certificates.
Applicants will be able to apply for funding of up to £750 to support a qualification that fits within the jobs requirements. The Marine Society hopes that this will create a wave of interest from seafarers whose goal is to upskill or refine existing green skills.
There are many seafarers who simply do not qualify for any other sources of funding or do not get the required support from their employer, so this fund could be the opportunity they have been craving to invest in their future.
Go to the Green Skills Bursary page to find out more about the fund and the criteria in order to be eligible to apply.