Information for teachers and career advisors
We hope you've found our website helpful and that it contains all the information you should need. Our aim is for pupils to understand everything about shipping, including the importance of it. We also want to provide pupils in their final years at school with information and to outline the career opportunities available to them in the Merchant Navy.
We regularly attend career events all over the UK. In addition to this we are delighted to work with schools, even going to their career evenings. We feel this is the best way to discuss all aspects of the careers on offer and answer any questions that might arise.
If you would like to discuss this further then please do not hesitate to contact us.
Please find below some frequently asked questions:
Q: Why would I recommend a career in the Merchant Navy?
A: The Merchant Navy offers students fully-paid training and a chance to discover the world, learn new skills and enjoy a huge choice of job opportunities both at sea and ashore. The Trainee Officers are sponsored by a shipping company who are often able to provide them with full–time employment on completion of their full training.
Q: Why should I advise on a Merchant Navy career unless it is already being considered?
A: Your pupils may not be aware that the Merchant Navy offers both men and women great career opportunities as well as job security. Our own research has discovered that many students and their parents/carers are unfamiliar with the Merchant Navy as a career choice. They often confuse it with the Royal Navy or have outdated beliefs about everything from the training provided to the facilities onboard. As a career, it's a long way from Del Boy's Uncle Albert!
Q. What sort of pupil would a job in the Merchant Navy suit?
A. Obviously we are looking for ‘sensible’ candidates - people we judge to be capable of accepting responsibility for themselves and for the people they will eventually be in charge of. University isn’t for everyone. The Merchant Navy suits those with academic capability combined with practical skills as well as a great sense of adventure. It’s perfect for those who don’t want a nine to five job yet want a rewarding career with great promotional prospects.
Q: What are the entry requirements?
A: Five Standard Grades at grade 3 or above (or GCSEs) including Maths, English and a Science.
Note: Physics is the preferred science if considering Engineering. The entry requirements for the Foundation Degree and Scottish Diploma require 120 UCAS points which must include A Level or Higher passes in Mathematics or Physics.
Q: What about the earning potential?
A: Newly graduated Officers can take home tax-free earnings in the region of £23,000 pa. Pay will rise as more qualifications are achieved and the Officer makes his or her way up the ranks.
Q: What about the long term prospects?
A: 90% of the world's trade is carried by ships and the world’s nations depend on ships crews’ ability to move cargo and people efficiently and safely. Because of this long-term prospects are excellent in the Merchant Navy. The demand for qualified Officers to work on-shore is now also higher than ever.
Q: Will they learn any transferable skills?
A: Very many. Employers in all walks of life value the experience, self–discipline, reliability and many skills former Merchant Navy Officers bring to the workplace.
Q: How do Clyde Marine Training maintain their Merchant Navy Trainee provision quality?
A: Clyde Marine Training prides itself on providing approximately 50% of the British Merchant Navy. One of the ways we are able to maintain this is through our Best Practice guidelines which are centred around our Specially Selected Training Grades (SSTG). This ensures that only the best applicants make it through our training process.