Tuesday 28th November 2017
Having got the Scottish version of the Workboat Apprenticeship approved some time ago, we are delighted to announce that Stream Marine Training Ltd (SMT) are well advanced in their preparations to offer the Modern Workboat Apprenticeship for Scottish-based operators, starting in Q2 2018.
Operators are reminded that there is significant funding on offer from the Scottish Government towards the costs of training apprentices, and, in many areas, local funding is also available.
The college aspects of the apprenticeship will be based at the new SMT facility close to the Glasgow City Airport terminal. Any companies who may be interested in taking on new crew members, or up-skilling existing crew through this apprenticeship route are encouraged to contact the college for more details.
Martin White, Principal of Stream Marine Training Ltd., will be attending and speaking at our AGM in January at the Lakeside and will give more details of this Scottish Apprenticeship as well as the other MCA / STCW courses SMT will be offering from their Glasgow and Birkenhead sites next year.
We are delighted to report that the final piece of the Apprenticeship 'jigsaw' is now in place – with the Workboat Crewmember Standard and end-point assessment already published, the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) has now recommended a funding band of £20,000 per Apprentice.
It was great to see so many of you at Seawork and to catch up – both around the event and at the NWA Seawork dinner. Please find below a quick round-up of highlights from the event.
Following comments from the industry about the lack of clarity on the application of MGN 490 (M) & 491(M) on the MLC substantial equivalence for crew accommodation below the waterline on workboats up to 500GT, the MCA has reviewed the two notices and rearranged the material in three notices as follows: