Merchant Navy seafarer training and recruitment services from the SSTG


Merchant Navy seafarer training and recruitment services from the SSTG

The SSTG is a Not for Profit Company specialising in the provision of training services to the maritime sector. We undertake any training related activity that you would expect from your own in-house Training Department.


For Companies

SSTG provides comprehensive recruitment, training and support services for shipping companies and organisations employing seafarers in the Merchant Navy. We also provide training services for established seafarers working for our Member Companies and who want to gain higher certification.


For Cadets

SSTG provides comprehensive recruitment, training and support services for applicants seeking a rewarding Career at Sea in the Merchant Navy. We also provide training services for established seafarers wanting to gain higher qualifications.


For Careers Advisers

SSTG has provided impartial advice and support to many thousands of candidates considering a Career at Sea in the Merchant Navy as a Deck, Engineer or Electro Technical Officer Trainee during our 40 year history.
Marine Training Services

SSTG provides Marine Training Services from our headquarters based in Rochester, Kent.

Our services for Shipping Companies and other organisations employing Deck, Engineer and Electro Officers and seafarers. include:


  • The selection and recruitment of new-entrant Deck, Engineer and Electro Technical Officer Trainees.

Training Management:

  • The management of all aspects of training required by new entrant candidates to the maritime industry.
    Meeting the training requirements of SSTG Member Companies for experienced candidates to qualify for the issue of CoCs up to Master and Chief Engineer.
  • The organisation of a wide range of ancillary training and qualifications required by seafarers in the British Merchant Navy.

Grant Funding Claims Service:

  • SSTG provides a full Grant Funding Claims Service, irrespective of whether a company has contracted us to manage their training needs.

Comprehensive Specialist Advice and Information:

  • Member Companies have access to SSTG’s Knowledgebase, providing invaluable resource information on marine training and certification.

Consultancy and Project Management:

  • SSTG specialists are available to carry out an extensive range of consultancy and project work on behalf of our Member Companies.
  • Recent projects have included the identification of future training requirements, manpower, resource and succession planning, and the provision of IT-based personnel system planning solutions.
The Services we provide for Merchant Navy Officer Trainees

The services we provide for Merchant Navy Officer Trainees include:

New Entrant Recruitment & Sponsorship:

  • SSTG recruits new entrant Deck, Engineer and ETO Officer Cadets who are seeking a rewarding career at sea onboard our members’ vessels operating worldwide.

Training Management:

  • We organise and oversee the training undertaken utilising MNTB / MCA Approved Training Programmes.
  • The college phases of study are completed at specialist universities or colleges of further education throughout the UK.


  • In conjunction with our sponsoring Member Companies and nautical colleges, we provide our trainees with guidance throughout their training.
  • SSTG monitors the progress achieved, providing the level of support required for the successful completion of the training being undertaken.
Information for Careers Advisors

If you are a careers adviser seeking general careers information, or have a more detailed query in order to provide the best help and guidance to a prospective cadet, the SSTG can help you.

We can also offer the following:

  • Attendance of careers conventions and other events.
  • The opportunity for a ‘one-to-one briefing’ with one of our senior careers advisers.
  • Make an arrangement for a ship visit to enhance your background knowledge (subject to availability).
  • Provide printed material for your own careers information library or distribution within your school or other educational establishments.

Downloadable Information for Careers Professionals:
Note that unless otherwise stated all information sources here are saved at low resolution for ease of download. If you would like printed copies please contact SSTG so that we can forward these to you.

Merchant Navy careers posters
We have provided for download an eye-catching poster for use on noticeboards. These are available in three formats – and are all at full resolution for print.

Downloads Posters
A3 Careers at Sea Poster
A4 Careers at Sea Poster
A5 Careers at Sea Poster

The Ship Safe Training Group brochure
Our brochure provides background information about the Merchant Navy and the ship types that are in service, as well as details about careers at sea and maritime training programmes.

Download SSTG brochure

The Ship Safe Training Group PowerPoint presentation
Our digital presentation provides a useful visual introduction to a career at sea for prospective candidates.

Download SSTG Careers at Sea presentation here (4mb)

Start Your Career

Our experienced team of recruitment and training officers can provide you with help and guidance on roles and vacancies – and support in applying for sponsorship.

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