Questions asked by Candidates wishing to pursue a Career at Sea.

Are you thinking about applying to become a Ship’s Officer so that you can enjoy a career at sea but perhaps don’t know where to start. The answers to the top five most common questions we are asked may help you:

Who identifies a sponsoring company?

This is an integral part of the service offered by SSTG. We recruit and manager the training of Officer Cadets on behalf of over 20 companies. Between them these shipping companies operate a wide range of vessel types, and which offer different life styles, so there is likely to be one that meets your expectations. Whether you want to travel around the world or stay closer to home, you will find one that will be the right choice for you. We assist over 500 prospective candidates each year in making their right choice.

What are the tuition fees?

Unlike most university students the SSTG will pay all the tuition fees on your behalf so that you don’t have to commit yourself to a large student loan.

SSTG will also pay other training costs including travel to college at the beginning and end of each phase, travel to the vessels you will serve on throughout your training, and we provide the accommodation on board for free.

What are the academic entry requirements?

The Detailed Entry Requirements can be found elsewhere on this site by using the link provided. Most of the sponsorship is available for candidates who want to enrol on the Foundation Degree programme in England or the Scottish Professional Diploma programme. To apply you will need A Levels or Scottish Highers. Other more limited opportunities are available with GCSE entry requirements that allow enrolment on the HNC programme.

I am not very fit. Will I pass the medical?

You will need to pass a Merchant Navy Medical examination. This is mainly designed to ensure the applicant does not have any underlying medical conditions that might get worse whilst at sea, or might require urgent treatment that is not normally available on most ships. The examination also includes checks for vision and colour standards, although these vary for Deck, Engineer and Electro-Technical Officer candidates. If you are unsure you should seek professional medical advice prior to applying.

Where will I train?

Depending on the course you follow you will spend approximately half your time under training as an Officer Cadet on a ship which could be sailing anywhere in the world. The remainder of the time will be spent at one of the specialist higher education colleges or universities offering the necessary navigation, engineering or Electronic theory training. These are located right across the UK. Courses are offered at the City of Glasgow College in Scotland; the South Shields Marine School and Fleetwood Nautical College in the North of England; Warsash Maritime Academy close to Southampton on the south coast. Shetland School of Nautical Studies, Liverpool John Moores University and Plymouth University also offer more limited provision.

We hope that was helpful. We accept applications via our on-line application process.

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Friday, 06 October 2017

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