Seminar on ratings training and apprenticeship funding

Ratings apprentices DFDS

Nautilus is helping to stage a special meeting to highlight ratings training and apprenticeships in a bid to boost cooperation within the industry to address an increasingly wide gap between supply and demand forecast over the next 10 to 15 years.

The seminar, on 10 July, is being hosted by the Nautilus JW Slater Fund and the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) and will be held at the UK Chamber of Shipping in London. The programme includes speakers from across the industry who will provide up to date information and guidance on the availability, coverage and funding for ratings training and apprenticeship programmes.

The event is being held to mark the 40th anniversary of the Slater Fund — which was established in honour of one of the Union’s former general secretaries. More than 430 seafarers have gained officer certification with support from the charity since it was established. The scheme also supports yacht crew and electro-technical officers studying for their first OOW certificate and now offers up to £18,500 and a £1,500 completion bonus to successful applicants.

The seminar aims to identify ways to grow the UK ratings workforce and overcome perceived barriers to their employment and training. It will also hear from current rating apprentices about their programmes, as well as from seafarers whose careers have been boosted by support from the Slater Fund.

A ratings summit held by the UK Chamber of Shipping, the MNTB, Nautilus and the RMT in 2015 heard that some 3,000 additional ratings are required to replenish the existing workforce in the next 10 to 15 years. In the commercial yachting and windfarm vessels sectors the need is anticipated to be far greater, with upwards of 30,000 ‘deck operatives’ required in the next five years. 

Nautilus is keen to hear from any early Slater Fund scholars who would like to take part in the seminar, and anyone interested should email Steven Gosling: [email protected] or call +44 (0) 20 8989 6677.

Monday, June 19, 2017