This National Apprenticeship Week, Bibby Marine is celebrating its “Marine Apprentices,” better known within the industry as cadets.
Bibby Marine works in partnership with Clyde Marine and currently has five cadets taking part in its cadetship scheme, with a further commitment of two cadets per year.
A cadetship takes place over a three-year period – cadets attend tuition in an academic setting, complemented by time at sea, following a structured pathway from Junior to Senior Officer.
Richard Garforth HR and Training Manager for Bibby Marine said: “Our strategic partnership with Clyde Marine is aimed at delivering a high quality, holistic cadet programme. Our objective is to identify skills for the future, through sourcing the highest quality applications capable of following the structured career path.
He added: “We currently have five cadets, who work across our fleet of Bibby WaveMaster Service Operation Vessels (SOVs). We recognise the vital role they play in the smooth operations of our vessels, that’s why when they first arrive onboard, our aim is to make them feel part of the Bibby family. They quickly get stuck into their role onboard, learning new skills and making friends along the way.
“These cadets are vital to the future of the maritime industry and we, alongside our partners, are taking a proactive approach to future proof the skills gap in the marine industry.”
Thomas Campbell, General Manager, Clyde Marine Training said: “As the UK’s largest maritime training provider we are determined to appropriately equip merchant navy cadets with the skills, qualifications and competence required to become successful merchant navy officers of the future.
“Our shared objectives and values fuel a mutual motivation with progressive clients such as Bibby Marine to improve industry training standards and help create pathways for the leaders of tomorrow.”
The role of a cadet onboard an SOV can range from assisting with ship maintenance, deck work to assisting with navigation. For more information about opportunities as a cadet visit Clyde Marine Training
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