It’s all hands on deck for a life at sea with marine apprenticeships

Marine apprenticeships provide an opportunity to work in a unique and ever changing environment. Working with people from all over the world and enjoying exciting experiences not offered by any other career.

The marine industry continues to play a key part in our lives. Huge swathes of international trade come and go by sea, while millions of passengers leave and arrive every year. Boats play a part in leisure too—from rowing to sailing.

The fleet of ships that transport goods and people over the seas is called the Merchant Navy. They include massive container ships and oil tankers, cruise ships and car ferries, and specialist craft that might, for example, support offshore oil rigs or lay undersea cables. There’s also the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, which keeps the Royal Navy’s warships supplied with food, fuel and ammunition around the world, and tugs, which assist with the movement of larger ships in and out of ports.

Work on board is broadly divided between two departments. The deck department is in charge of navigating and steering the ship, while the engineering department makes sure the engines and all the machinery are running smoothly. Either way, it’s a far cry from your typical office job; you could be at sea for months at a time, although you’ll get plenty of leave when you’re back on shore. Port operations are important too. Cargo has to be loaded and unloaded at ports, harbours and quays using various types of lifting equipment and vehicles.

Marine engineers are required to install, maintain, fault find and repair marine engines, ancillary systems and equipment onboard yachts, commercial craft and superyachts.

There are also apprenticeships available in able seafaring, boatbuilding, piloting and more.

To find your perfect marine apprenticeship, take a look at the options below.

Able seafarer apprenticeship

Work as part of the navigation department on ships and other vessels An able seafarer works on deck aboard ships...

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Boatbuilder apprenticeship

Construct boats such as yachts, workboats and superyachts A boatbuilder constructs yachts, workboats and superyachts and refits and repairs existing...

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Boatmaster apprenticeship

Ensure the safe operation and passage of a vessel As a boatmaster, you could be the captain of a single...

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Harbour master apprenticeship

Enforce regulations and industry codes of practice in a port, harbour or marina A port can refer to ports, harbours,...

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Marina and boatyard operative apprenticeship

Deliver a variety of operations and services, including vessel handling Marinas and boatyards support the yachting and boating sectors, which...

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Marine engineer apprenticeship

Design and oversee testing, installation, and repair of marine apparatus and equipment A marine engineer works on boats such as...

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Marine pilot apprenticeship

Safely navigate vessels from sea to berth or berth to sea within the port’s jurisdiction With safety in mind, a...

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Marine surveyor apprenticeship

Independently verify the structure, machinery, equipment and systems of ships and vessels A marine surveyor independently verifies the structure, machinery,...

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