Officer of the Watch (Near Coastal)
This Apprenticeship has been developed in collaboration with employers and we will work to ensure that it continues to meet the needs and requirements of the industry.
The Officer of the Watch (Near Coastal) qualification is for individuals working on a wide range of specialist commercial vessels such as tugs, fishing boats and workboats working close to the shore, in waters designated by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as “near coastal” (an area of operation restricted to 150 miles from a safe haven on the coast of the UK and 30 miles from Ireland). These vessels cannot be more than 500 gross tonnage.
Upon acquiring required sea time and additional short courses as well as passing external examination, candidates might be able to progress to Master (Near Costal) under 500 GT.
36 months (6 months for End Point Assessment)
12 months for experienced seafarers
|Course Funding||Apprenticeship generates £15,000 levy funding|
The apprentice must:
Career Options and Progression
The Officer of the Watch (Near Coastal) apprenticeship programme is designed to prepare candidates for operating a wide range of vessels under 500 gross tonnage, including commercial ships, military crafts, tugs, fishing boats and workboats operating within 150 nautical miles from the coast of the UK and 30 miles from Ireland.
This qualification can lead to progression within the maritime sector, particularly when it is taken as a component of an Apprenticeship in Maritime Occupations. Completion of this qualification can lead to career progression to Master of a vessel less than 500 gross tonnage (near coastal).
Apprenticeship Standard and End Point Assessment
Level 3 Diploma in Maritime Studies: Officer of the Watch on Merchant Vessels of less than 500 gross tonnage (Near Coastal)