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The work of the MSA is designed to support career development, both for individuals and for their employers. In many cases one MSQ (Maritime Studies Qualification) leads neatly on to another at the next level. Most are designed with shared Units so that if someone has learnt, for example, basic navigation skills in one context they will not need to go over that ground again if they move to another part of the maritime sector (though, of course, the practical application of that core knowledge will be different).
Please note however that the MSA is not in a position to respond to individual requests for careers information, and we are not a recruitment agency: we cannot help you to find a job.
The careers pages on the Maritime UK website offer a good introduction to the range of careers available across the maritime sector, with links in each case so you can find out more.
And do have a look at this excellent short introductory video produced by Careers at Sea.
The careers pages below show some of the opportunities available in the sector.
You can find more information on these websites
How to become a fisherman
The world is your oyster - careers video
Harbour Master Certificate (endorsed by the MCA, and administered jointly by UK Harbour Masters' Association and Port Skills & Safety)
Careers in the Marine Industry - careers video
Ports and Harbours
Overview of maritime sector careers
Statutory requirements for Seafarers and Certification arrangements
Boatmaster progression routes.
For an example of career routes on passenger boats on the river Thames, see how
KPMG Thames Clippers describes the possibilities.
This chart shows the progression routes for Boatmasters to STCW Officer Of the Watch.
We regret that we are unable to provide either career advice to individuals, or speakers for schools. For the latter, we recommend you to follow the links in the Careers At Sea website.
The MSA has responded to the Migration Advisory Committee’s “call for evidence” about the potential impact of Brexit on skills.
Acknowledging that much still remains unclear the MSA emphasised three main points:
1. The extent of employment of EU27 nationals varies a good deal across the maritime sector, but is substantial in some parts.
2. For many maritime companies, particularly in the shipping sector, employment of non-EU labour is at least as important, and often more important, than employment of EU27 employees.
3. The superyacht sector’s main concern is about ensuring the continuing ability of British crew to win and retain work within the rest of the EU.
Click the link for the full text of the MSA's evidence paper.
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