Workboat crewmember apprenticeship

Serve on the crew of a wide variety of specialist vessels

During the workboat crewmember apprenticeship, usually working alongside two to three personnel, you’ll work on a variety of specialist vessels, ranging from tugs and multi-purpose workboats to fast pilot boats and crew transfer vessels. Workboats operate in varying marine environments such as construction of offshore wind farms, providing a range of services within a port or inland waterways, including surveys and towage. In addition, they may act as support vessels in major salvage operations and wreck removal. These vessels are typically less than 24 metres in length, with accommodation for up to five people. As an apprentice, you’ll develop the knowledge, skills and competence to carry out all core tasks on board with minimal supervision. Tasks include communications; navigation and vessel handling; berthing; towing operations and laying moorings; personnel transfers; and cargo handling.


Duration: 24 months

Relevant school subjects: PE, geography

Entry requirements for the workboat crewmember apprenticeship: Pass the MCA’s strict ENG1 medical requirements

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £21,000 per annum

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