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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
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.
We were delighted to work with Trinity House in organising this conference, which asked whether everything we do together to attract talented school children to the sector is enough, and what else we could do. We had some great speakers, and a good discussion, and terrific hospitality, as ever, from Trinity House.
Colleagues agreed that we need better coordination, and that Maritime UK should take the lead.
Click on the link for the Conference report (3 pages).
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