SSTG Sponsorship

Trainee Officers studying
SSTG Officer Trainees

Joining the Merchant Navy to enjoy a career at sea is exciting but does inevitably raise some natural concerns for both the applicant and their relatives, especially when away from home studying or on-board ship on a distant ocean.

The SSTG has over 35 years of experience in providing comprehensive practical and personal support to Deck, Engineer and ETO Officer Trainees. Our Training Officers are sympathetic to the concerns of applicants and are here to provide help and guidance throughout all phases of your training both onshore and at sea.

Training Allowance

Officer Trainees normally receive an allowance which is spread throughout your training and is paid monthly. This varies from sponsor to sponsor and will be advised upon successful interview.

Support at College

One of our experienced Training Officers will be appointed to keep a watching brief on your progress as you undertake your time at college. This comprehensive support extends throughout your college education and is provided to coordinate all of your training needs, to help with any studying difficulties you may experience, and to provide personal assistance where required.

Support at Sea

Officer Trainees are required to undertake sea service on vessels operated by their sponsor, or on other training ships. You may be expected to join vessels in your home port to travel to a foreign port. Travel costs to and from each vessel will be reimbursed in full. All of your training and living costs whilst on-board are provided for.

When aboard ship your welfare will continue to be monitored by your Training Officer who will assist with everything from applying for visas to organising your personal identity papers. This includes your all-important Discharge Book, which records details of your sea service throughout your career in the Merchant Navy.


Updated:  April 2016.