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Part of our role is to promote better understanding of the importance of skills to the success of the maritime sector. We have therefore contributed to a number of Government consultations, and we are currently supporting the work of Maritime UK which set up a People and Skills Working Group to take forward the nine skills and education recommendations from the Maritime Growth Study. Bill Walworth, MSA Chairman, chairs the Working Group. You can read more about its work here.
SQA is reviewing the Level 3 Diploma in Shipping and Maritime Occupations, both deck and engine versions (GA6G 57 & GA6F 57) and the Scottish equivalent, the National Certificate in Shipping and Maritime Operations at SCQF Level 6 (G9GW 46).
They are all widely used for pre-cadetship programmes, but they were designed a decade or so ago. Are they doing the job they are now used for? Could they do more, eg by preparing the way for other occupations? Shajan Lukose from Fleetwood Nautical Campus is managing the review for SQA and plans to contact every centre currently offering these qualifications. If you are not on the current centre list and want to talk to him anyway, please get in touch.
There's more information here: Diploma Review briefing paper.