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Clyde Marine Training offer one of the most highly regarded training programmes available, with travel and internationally recognised qualifications, plus real responsibility at a very early age with highly varied career prospects:

  • A three-year sponsored place at some of the UK’s most respected colleges
  • Earn up to £175 per week while you learn
  • A highly paid career at sea with real responsibility
  • Transferable skills that will place you in high demand in sea and shore based positions worldwide

Why Clyde Marine Training?

Founded in 1986, Clyde Marine Training has grown to be the largest maritime training provider in the UK recruiting approximately 50% of the annual Trainee Officer intake for the British Merchant Navy, working with over 50 shipping companies to interview and select the next generation of Merchant Navy Officers, overseeing their progress as they move through their courses and sea-phase training.

At any one time we have approximately 900 Trainees within our system, undergoing training in marine colleges and universities across the UK:

  • City of Glasgow College (formerly Glasgow Nautical College)
  • NAFC Marine Centre (Shetland School of Nautical Studies)
  • South Tyneside College (South Shields Marine School)
  • Fleetwood Nautical Campus (Part of Blackpool and the Fylde College)
  • Warsash Maritime Academy (Part of Southampton Solent University)
  • University of Plymouth
  • Liverpool John Moores University (Inc. Lairdside Maritime Centre)
  • Peterhead - Scottish Maritime Academy

You will also have sponsorship provided throughout your training meaning you will be paid up to £175 per week while you learn

Roles in the Merchant Navy

The Merchant Navy can offer many diverse and interesting career options, with Clyde Marine Training offering the following:

  • Deck Officers - responsible for the navigation of the ship, the loading/discharge of cargo, voyage planning, radio communication, environmental issues, health and safety issues, administration duties, and the control/safety of the crew and passengers.
  • Engineering Officers - ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of the ship’s mechanical equipment on-board including carrying out repairs, inspections and maintenance programmes of propulsion systems, refrigeration machinery, desk machinery and passenger systems.
  • Electro-Technical Officer (ETO) - responsible for the maintenance and testing of all electrical equipment on-board, including engine room, bridge systems, refrigeration, and passenger areas.

Further details on all roles can be found here

What will my studies involve?

You will spend on average three years at college, during which a proportion of your training will take place at sea, working on a vessel as an understudying to an Officer of the Watch. This hands-on training is vital as it enables Officer Trainees to understand and learn the many critical tasks and routines that are needed to support your vessel’s safe and efficient operation at sea.

Entry Requirements for Officer Trainees

In order to apply for Merchant Navy Officer training you will be required to meet the minimum entry qualifications:

For entry into training via the Higher National Certificate / Diploma route you will require:

  • All applicants have a minimum of 4 GCSE / Standard Grades / National 5’s
  • These must include Maths / English AND at least one Science based subject

The entry requirements for the Foundation Degree and Scottish Professional Diploma are:

  • 48 UCAS points which must include passes in Mathematics or Physics at Higher or A Level.

(In the absence of these specific requirement candidates can also submit an HNC or other higher education qualification)

Medical Entry Requirements – For entry into training towards your chosen career path, you will be required to pass the MCA Seafarer Medical Examination, also called an ENG.1, carried out by approved doctors who need to be satisfied that you are fit and healthy. You will also be required to meet role specific eyesight requirements.

Full details of entry and medical requirements can be found here

How do I apply?

The two stages of application for Clyde Marine Training are as follows:

  • Pre-Application Assessment - which will last 10 minutes and assesses candidates numerical and literacy aptitude
  • Application form - collecting your personal / educational background / qualifications / work experience details

Candidates will have 30 days to complete their application form which will be reviewed by our training team before a final decision is provided.

To begin the Assessment and Application process click here.

For more information on all of the elements summarized above click here.

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