Training and Careers
What is it?
Proper training and education underpins the specialist expertise found at every level of the maritime industry. Employers simply cannot afford to hire staff with no understanding of the complexity of the maritime environment. Without that knowledge base, whether based on an academic qualification, on-site experience, or continuous professional development, the shipping industry would not be the success story that it is today.
For example, the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers is the professional body for all members of the commercial shipping industry worldwide. It sets and examines the syllabus for membership, providing the shipping industry with highly qualified professionals. The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers is the only internationally recognised professional body in the commercial maritime arena and it represents shipbrokers, ship managers and agents throughout the world.
Where Can I Go?
There are hundreds of institutions around the world that offer maritime education and training in various guises. While some focus on training for seafarers, others offer those new to the industry a chance to learn from a range of disciplines from commercial maritime business to marine science. These institutions also allow from those already employed in the shipping industry an opportunity to learn more about sectors different to their own.
While there is no obligation to have a maritime-related qualification to pursue many careers in the shipping industry, more and more companies are selecting candidates with that extra lead over less qualified candidates. Keep in mind, some maritime companies offer training packages to complement a career path, while others will offer support, either with time off or financial assistance, to help employees to improve their knowledge of the industry.
Are there scholarships available?
There are absolutely scholarships available! However, scholarships are very regionally specific. Therefore, those looking for scholarships should investigate local contacts such as colleges, universities, trade/ maritime associations, unions etc