Clyde Marine Training were delighted to begin the process of allowing existing cadets to attend the site of sister company Clyde Training Solutions, as COVID-19 restrictions were eased to allow (socially distanced) training on site.

16 cadets have been in attendance this week, with half undertaking STCW Advanced Fire Fighting and the other half STCW Proficiency for Seafarers with Designated Security Duties.  By the end of July, a total of 89 attendees will have undertaken the above courses as well as HUET/ CA-EBS and the STCW Basic Safety week.

The cadets in question have traveled from all over the UK to attend the courses, with City of Glasgow College allowing them to book accommodation at the halls of residence if required with transport also being provided to and from the centre by CTS staff.

Phase One Deck Cadet Andrew Corlett offered us this feedback on the experience: “It was great to be back training after lockdown, and I had an enjoyable experience at Clyde Training Solutions and it is clear they have invested a lot of time into preventing the spread of COVID.

“Our instructor was very professional and along with delivering the syllabus, social distancing was clearly a high priority. Although some things are different, it was good to be making progress like this again towards my cadetship.”

This training is vitally important as it will allow those undertaking the STCW Basic Week and Designated Security Duties to go to sea for the first time, as part of their second of five phases at college.

Those undertaking Advanced Fire Fighting are at the end of their college life in phase 5 and must complete this course before being issued their Certificate of Competency (CoC).

Whether at the start of their college journey, or the end, we wish them the best of luck over the next few weeks.