Record turn-out for maritime careers open day

Warsash Maritime Academy, part of Southampton Solent University welcomed over 750 visitors to its careers at sea open day on Friday 24 January, in one of the busiest open days seen at the Academy.

Potential future captains and ships’ officers from the UK and overseas found out what a career in the maritime industry has to offer and the training programmes necessary to qualify as a ship's navigation, engineer or electro-technical officer in the merchant navy and the superyacht industry.

Visitors came from over 40 different counties around England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland and the Channel Islands, as well as overseas visitors from Slovakia, Finland, France, Italy, Greece and Turkey. They included young people either at school studying for their GCSEs or school leavers and sixth form students looking to learn more about the opportunities available.

Potential cadets were able to meet the shipping and management companies responsible for offering funded officer cadet training and recruitment including: Anglo-Eastern (UK) Ltd, Bibby Ship Management(WE) Ltd, BP Maritime Services, Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd, Carnival UK, Chiltern Maritime, Clyde Marine Training, Maersk, Princess Cruises, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Ship Safe Training Group, Viking Recruitment and Wilsonhalligan Large Yacht Recruitment.

They also had the opportunity to tour the extensive training facilities at the Academy and find out more about the life of a merchant navy officer; take command of a ship in the bridge simulator; navigate a passage using electronic chart; walk through a virtual engine room on a ship; watch fire fighting demonstrations; and observe students at work in the engineering workshop.

Andrew Hair, director of Warsash Maritime Academy commented, “We are really encouraged to see record numbers of visitors at the academy’s open day, which is great news for the shipping industry. The maritime industry remains buoyant and offers exciting career opportunities for the right candidates. British ships’ officers have an excellent worldwide reputation and career prospects at sea or back on land are superb.”

According to information provided during London International Shipping Week 2013, in 2011 shipping created 48,000 UK jobs and contributed to almost £5.6bn to UK GDP.

Warsash Superyacht Academy has also announced their next open day to be held Friday 27 June 2014. To register or find out more, visit Warsash Maritime Academy.

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