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Maritime Careers

If you have ever considered a maritime career, South Shields Marine School is the right place for you. We offer one-year pre-cadet courses and three-year cadet courses to begin a career at sea in the North East, while you prepare to travel all over the world.

We offer courses in these key areas: Navigation, Marine Engineering, and Electro-Technical.

READY TO START A CAREER AT SEA

YOUR PATH TO BECOMING QUALIFIED

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Pre-Cadetship

Our Pre-Cadetship is a one-year, full-time study programme which opens up great progression opportunities, including sponsorship by major shipping companies. It is the perfect starting point for a career in the Merchant Navy and can lead to well-paid careers at sea and on land.

A Pre-Cadetship is the introduction to the Maritime industry and will give you the basic safety and technical skills of the Marine sector. You will learn from industry experts who have worked in a number of maritime fields.

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Cadetships

Upon completing a Pre-Cadetship, or after directly applying to a shipping company, you will undertake a sponsored Officer Cadet training programme. Being sponsored means your Higher Education fees are covered, so you’ll have no student debt and you’ll be earning a salary. The three-year training programme is split into five phases. Three of these are college-based, consisting of academic study as well as Marine Offshore Safety Training.

The other two phases are practical: you will be on board a vessel, training and learning on the job. Both academic and practical study will ensure that you gain the experience and knowledge to pass your final oral exams, which will enable you to become a fully qualified Officer. Find out more about sponsorship by visiting careersatsea.org.

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COURSES FOR YOU

ENGINEERING

THIS IS THE ROUTE FOR YOU IF YOU LIKE…

  • Equipment
  • Problem solving
  • Hands-on work
  • Interest in ships and travelling

Engineering could be for you. Modern ships use complex equipment and tools to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the vessel. Our engine officer courses put you in the perfect position to start a career at sea.

As a Marine Engineer, you will design, build, test and repair boats, ships, offshore platforms and drilling equipment.

Careers include:

  • Marine Engineering Officer
  • 4th Engineer
  • 3rd Engineer
  • 2nd Engineer
  • Chief Engineer
  • Naval Architect

NAVIGATION (DECK)

THIS IS THE ROUTE FOR YOU IF YOU LIKE…

  • Technology
  • Communications
  • Responsibility
  • Desire to travel the world

Study with us and you’ll learn how to steer a ship by using the latest navigational technology to get cargo, passengers, and crew members from port-to-port safely.

As a Navigation Officer, you will be a crucial member of the ship’s management team. When on duty (known as a ‘watch’), it will be down to you to make decisions on steering, manoeuvring, controlling navigation and communications – and you’ll have the latest technological systems at your fingertips.

Careers include:

  • Navigation Officer
  • 3rd Officer
  • 2nd Officer
  • Chief Officer
  • Captain
  • Marine Pilot
  • Marine Surveyor
  • Naval Architect

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