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What we provide

Our sponsored training programmes teach students academic, vocational and safety skills that will make them the ideal employees for your business. South Shields Marine School is proud to be a distinguished, world-leading centre of excellence for marine education and training.

Established in 1861, we are the longest operating maritime college in the UK and the only specialist maritime college in the North-East – and our reputation is unsurpassed. We are also proud winners of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education 2019.

The aim of our training schemes is to train young people to become the best officers in their desired discipline including Deck, Engineering and ETO and to take on duties in a responsbile manner, to make them more employable. Trainee Officers are therefore required to meet high standards of commitment, self-disclipline and organisation, and to undertake their training with a positive attitude.

Create strong, future workforces in the merchant navy and ashore with relevant skills and curriculums.

Give your business and industry the exposure it needs with a sponsored cadet to meet the ever-evolving needs of the maritime sector.

Become a valued partner of the college and meet new people, talent and opportunities.

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After a 3 year training course, students are extremely well qualified to work at sea, and will be the ideal employee for your business.

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“They’re very well run courses with first-rate facilities and I’d have no hesitation in recommending them.”

Sealion Shipping
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