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Maritime Growth Study

Apprenticeship certificates and Skills for Logistics

MSA publishes its evidence to the Maritime Growth Strategy

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MSA Members

Border Force

British Marine Federation

British Tugowners Association

Company of Watermen and Lightermen

International Jack Up Barge Owners' Association

International Association of Maritime Institutions

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Marine Society and Sea Cadets

Merchant Navy Training Board

MYBA The Worldwide Yachting Association

National Workboat Association

Port Skills and Safety

Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Royal Navy

Royal Yachting Association

Seafarers UK

Sea Fish Industry Authority

Thames Skills Academy


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The Maritime Skills Alliance sets and promotes skills standards for the UK’s maritime sector. Much of our work so far has been devoted to developing a suite of interlocking standards and qualifications which enable employees to progress both within their specialism and between sectors.

You can find a complete and regularly updated list of all our Units and Qualifications here. The link in the SQA panel to the right is the best way to get access to detail on each of the qualifications. For Units, see the Publications page.

Our principal functions are to:

  • develop common training and qualifications frameworks, including apprenticeships
  • maintain a suite of National Occupational Standards
  • secure a good range of high quality education and training provision
  • undertake assessments of the maritime labour market and emerging skill needs
  • represent the maritime sector and champion its skills needs at appropriate forums
  • raise the profile and perception of the maritime sector through Sea Vision and other joint initiatives
  • develop effective working relationships with the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, relevant Government departments and agencies across the UK, Sector Skills Councils and others
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MSA Qualifications

We work extensively with SQA, the Scottish Qualifications Authority, for all qualifications throughout the UK.

You can find comprehensive information on all the Maritime Studies Qualifications here.


Contact us

Iain Mackinnon
Secretary to the Alliance
0208 99 88 77 2
0771 424 6740


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