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Training and Career Opportunities in Merchant Shipping - Deck Officers; Engineer Officers; and Electro-Technical Officers

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The Ship Safe Training Group (SSTG) is a non-profit marine training management company and was founded over 30 years ago. It recruits new entrant deck and engineer officer cadets for a career at sea onboard for over 30 member shipping companies operating a wide variety of different ship types. The SSTG also organize and supervise their training programs to provide high quality and progressive training and support.

As a new entrant officer trainee your time spent at college and all examination related costs will be funded by the company that recruited you and will sponsor you throughout your training. The college phases of your study will be offered through universities or colleges of further or higher education. SSTG normally arranges your accommodation in a college hall of residence or in college-approved accommodation off-campus. In conjunction with the sponsoring companies and colleges ( Fleetwood Nautical Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, Plymouth University, South Shields Marine School & Warsash Maritime Academy) SSTG provides guidance during both the college and sea based phases.

SSTG also manages the training for existing seafarers who are actively seeking to progress their careers by achieving higher qualifications. This training enables junior officers to gain higher certificates of competency qualifying them for the more senior positions on board ship. Experienced seafarers also have considerable opportunities for developing rewarding careers in associated maritime sectors ashore.

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Training & Career Programs


Deck Programs

  • FdSc Foundation Degree Training Programme (Deck): An STCW DOOW CoC, plus FdSc. The full title of the FdSc awarded varies slightly between the different awarding universities as follows: Fleetwood Nautical Studies - FdSc Nautical Science; Liverpool John Moores University - FdSc Marine Operations; Plymouth University - FdSc Navigation and Maritime Science.; South Shields Marine School - FdSc Marine Operations; and, Warsash Maritime Academy - FdSc Marine Operations.
  • SPD Scottish Professional Diploma Training Programme (Deck): A STCW EOOW CoC, plus SPD
  • HND Higher National Diploma Training Programme (Deck): An STCW EOOW CoC, plus HND. The full title of the HND qualification gained is Nautical Science.
  • HNC Higher National Certificate Training Programme (Deck): An STCW EOOW CoC, plus HNC.
  • BSc Training Programme (Deck): Refer to the following universities for details of currently available programmes: Liverpool John Moores & Plymouth University.

Engineering Programs

  • FdSc Foundation Degree Training Programme (Engineer): An STCW EOOW CoC, plus FdSc. The full title of the FdSc awarded by the different awarding universities is as follows: South Shields Marine School - FdSc Marine Engineering & Warsash Maritime Academy - FdSc Marine Engineering.
  • SPD Scottish Professional Diploma Training Programme (Engineer): An STCW EOOW CoC, plus SPD. The full title of the qualification gained is: SPD Marine Engineering.
  • HND Higher National Diploma Training Programme (Engineer): An STCW EOOW CoC, plus HND. The full title of the HND qualification gained is Marine Engineering.
  • HNC Higher National Certificate Training Programme (Engineer): An STCW EOOW CoC, plus HNC.
  • BEng Training Programme (Engineer): Refer to the university for details of currently available programmes: Liverpool John Moores.

Electro-Technical Programs

  • FdSc Foundation Degree Training Programme (Electro-Technical Officer): An STCW EOOW CoC, plus FdSc. The full title of the FdSc awarded varies slightly between the different awarding universities as follows: South Shields Marine School - FdSc Electrical and Electronic Marine Engineering & Warsash Maritime Academy - FdSc Marine Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Other Engineering Programs

  • Craft Trained Engineers, Engineer Graduates and Ex Royal Navy Personnel: A general programme for candidates with a variety of backgrounds is described below. This is only provided as a general guide and the precise programme followed will need to be individually tailored to the candidate's particular experience. Outcome - An STCW EOOW CoC.

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