Green Skills Bursary


Are you a seafarer needing to take qualifications essential to work in the Green Sector?

Marine Society’s Green Skills Bursary has been created to support seafarers who need to take qualifications essential for working in the Offshore and Renewables Sector.

These jobs 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.

Marine Society consulted with the sector including The Workboat Association and marine recruitment agencies. They confirmed the growing need for seafarers to hold these certificates in an increasingly competitive job market.

The offshore energy transition is a topic that has caused much concern over the last decade, the flourishing rise of the Offshore Renewable Energy sector requires a huge investment and transition in skills.

The Marine Society’s Green Skills bursary is a fantastic opportunity for individuals to unlock their skills, helping to open up new career opportunities and enabling the transition workforce to play their role in this vital energy evolution”

 Kerrie Forster | CEO, Workboat Association

With a generous donation from Trinity House, this is yet another project they have partnered with us on, showing their ongoing commitment to training in maritime careers.

The Green Skills bursary is intended to provide support seafarers who need financial assistance to take or revalidate specific qualifications essential to work in the offshore and renewable sector.

The maximum bursary available is £500 to help offset the cost of a course.


Applicants must be British seafarers, resident in the UK, 18 years old and over, who currently work in the Green Sector or can demonstrate a plan to work in this sector.

Only courses on the list of Approved Courses are eligible.

A bursary cannot be awarded more than once to the same person and cannot be claimed retrospectively for a course already paid for or undertaken.

How to apply

Download the application form and return it via email to or post to: Marine Society, 200B Lambeth Road, London SE1 7JY. Notifications are sent within 10 working days of receipt of your application.  The bursary must be claimed within three months of award date.

For further information, please contact Carla Rockson, Head of Seafarer Learning and Welfare at or call 020 7654 7029.


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