The Ship Safe Training Group Ltd (or SSTG) has provided an entry route for Officer Cadets wanting to develop their careers in the Merchant Navy for over 35 years.
We recruit ETO, Engineer and Deck Officer Cadets for UK shipping companies operating a varied fleet of sophisticated vessels.
The British Merchant Navy is an integrated fleet of vessels of all sizes operated by independent commercial companies. This provides an exciting range of career paths and opportunities to not only travel to far-flung destinations, but also to secure employment working ashore later in your career.
The maritime sector is the third largest revenue generator in the UK, with more than 95% of Britain's goods imported and exported aboard ships.
There are very few industries offering such exciting work-place diversity. Ship types are diversified and range from passenger, cargo, and mining support to repair, scientific exploration and deep-sea towage.
There are three specialist roles. Deck Officers (sometimes referred to as Navigating Officers) are responsible for navigating the ship safely. Engineer Officers and Electro-Technical Officers specialise in the complex control systems that control their vessels’ operation.
The most common is the Foundation Degree in England and the equivalent Professional Diploma in Scotland. These include the internationally recognised Certificate of Competency (CoC) required by all officers to serve at sea. You will have a choice of higher qualifications later in your career.
You time at college is interspersed with hands-on training at sea, providing you with experience learning critical tasks and routines required to ensure the vessel’s safe and efficient operation.
The SSTG team provides advice and practical support throughout your training, and will secure a sponsor to finance your education. This applies to all ETO Officer Cadets, Engineer Officer Cadets and Deck Officer Cadets.
Updated: 21st February 2017.