The Merchant Navy is a vital national industry operating a wide range of ships on Worldwide and European trade routes, carrying cargos and people, and undertaking a variety of other operations e.g. in support of the offshore oil and gas industry. The wider maritime industries include shore-based occupations, into which many seafarers move to develop their careers, and for which seagoing officer qualifications and experience are often required. Well qualified and professional seafarers are needed to operate these ships and work in related shore based occupations.
Cadet Training Programmes
The qualification structure is progressive and all aspiring officers must first attain an Officer of the Watch (OOW) Certificate of Competency. A key route to attain this certificate is to follow a Cadet programme based on SQA Higher National Certificate (HNC). These programmes must be approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Merchant Navy Training Board.
The current minimum entry requirements, for both our deck and engineer cadet programmes, are 4 Standard Grade’s/GCSE’s at Levels 1 – 3/A – C, to include Mathematics, Physics (or equivalent science subject(s)) and English (or subject using English).
We are awaiting confirmation of what the revised minimum entry requirements will be, given that the qualifications offered by schools has changed from Standard grades to Nationals, but this has not yet been confirmed.