Wednesday, 2nd January 2019

South Shields Marine School is looking to boost recruitment to the Merchant Navy through its information-packed Shipping Day open event on Saturday, April 6.

Aimed at people considering a life at sea, its training experts will be joined by representatives of the UK’s leading shipping companies to deliver first-class advice and guidance.

They will be present to identify talented and committed recruits who represent the next generation of Merchant Navy cadets.

Recent Shipping Days have seen strong interest from potential recruits, with a 25 per cent increase in footfall recorded in April 2018. 

April's event will take place at the marine school, which is based at South Tyneside College, from 10am to 3pm.

Entry is via the college’s main entrance on St Georges Avenue, South Shields, with extra parking off Grosvenor Road.

John Roach, Principal of South Shields Marine School, has appealed for people considering a life at sea to kickstart their careers by attending the open day.

He said: “South Shields Marine School is recognised globally as one of the world’s great Merchant Navy training centres.

“It is also the world’s oldest maritime training college and has been responsible for giving thousands of people the key skills they need for successful and highly rewarding careers.

“Today, we remain committed to delivering what we believe is the best maritime training available anywhere.

“Our Shipping Day provides the perfect platform for anyone considering a life on the ocean waves to get the in depth and expert advice that can be crucial to their decision.

“The event benefits greatly from the support of the UK’s leading shipping firms, whose training managers will be present to speak to and identify people they believe have the potential to go far.

“Undoubtedly, a career at sea today offers possibilities for career attainment and advance as great at any time in the past.

“I would strongly encourage anyone who is thinking of working in the sector, to attend Shipping Day .”

Shipping Days, which are held twice a year, deliver advice around how shipping companies sponsor cadets during their training.

Information on the separate disciplines of deck (navigation), engineering and electro-technical departments, is another key area of support.

Cadets who qualify from the marine school’s programmes work on a variety of vessels in the modern Merchant Navy.

These include container ships, cruise liners, ferries, oil and gas tankers, chemical carriers, bulk carriers, cable layers, car carriers and Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels.

Those present at Shipping Day will also include current cadets who will provide insight into the training process.

South Shields Marine School is part of the new Tyne Coast College, formed from the merger of South Tyneside College and Tyne Metropolitan College, North Tyneside, in August 2017.

Its origins date to 1861, when a financial legacy of South Shields GP Dr Thomas Masterman Winterbottom led to the founding of a marine and technical college in the town.

More information on the event and South Shields Marine School’s provision is available by visiting or calling 0191 427 3500.