Maritime Occupations (England)

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Framework ID: FR02845
Issue number: 20
Issued: 08 August 2014

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Contact name: Rachel Taylor
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Purpose

An Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme under an Apprenticeship Agreement designed by employers in the sector. It allows the apprentice to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and personal skills, required for their immediate job and future career. These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. This broader mix differentiates the Apprenticeship experience from training delivered to meet narrowly focused job needs. All apprentices commencing their Apprenticeship must have an Apprenticeship Agreement between the employer and the apprentice. This can be used to reinforce the understanding of the requirements of the Apprenticeship.

On completion of the Apprenticeship the apprentice must be able to undertake the full range of duties, in the range of circumstances appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry.  

The Maritime sector is a major contributor the UK Balance of payments.  Every year over 90% of  all goods that are imported or exported pass through the country's ports to be carried on a cargo or container ship or other specialist vessel.  Cruise ships and ferries provide 51 million passenger journeys annually and the sector directly employs 250,000 people  with another 200,000 working  in  related activities.  Shipping as a method of transport carries a  low carbon footprint and the latest propulsion units are reducing it even further.  It is therefore a sector with a secure future that offers a wide range of opportunities for those who wish to work within it.  In particular:

  • The low carbon agenda is increasing the attractiveness of water born transportation including the use of rivers and inland waterways
  • Development of off shore energy sources require support services provided by the sector
  • The sector has an aging workforce, which means that there are an increasing number of opportunities for new entrants
  • Apprenticeship pathways now provide, in some cases for the first time, clearly signed entry routes into the sector with signficant opportunitties for progression and transfer, thereby addressing the identified need to attract and retain new entrants.
  • Apprenticeships contribute towards meeting the skills priorities for England - Skills for Sustainable Growth http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/further-education-skills/docs/s/10-1273-skills-for-sustainable-growth-strategy-summary

A Maritime  Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. It allows the apprentice to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and personal skills,required for their immediate job and future career. These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. This broader mix differentiates the Apprenticeship experience from training delivered to meet narrowly focused job needs.

Maritime apprenticeships offer the opportunity to undertake a  variety of job roles depending on the pathway chosen.  At intermediate level, these could include assisting on the bridge or in the engine room of a vessel, hauling and storing the fishing catch, helping to load/unload cargo or passengers, and carrying out various duties on deck and in the engine room.  For the ports pathway 5  it will include operating port plant and lifting equipment  on the quay, in warehouses and terminals with their associated systems. Advanced level  Apprentices will undertake job roles associated with assisting on the bridge, taking a watch on the bridge, navigation and look out duties, berthing and mooring operations, crew and vessel safety or assisting in the engine room with routine maintenance, repair and oversight of a vessel's engines and ancilliary mechanical and electrical systems.

However it must be recognised that the workplace environment can be unpredictable and dangerous as well as exciting and a mnimum standard of health and fitness is required to be able to cope with adverse conditions at sea.. 

 

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