Have your say on maritime ‘trailblazer’ rating apprenticeships


The work to develop new standards for rating apprenticeships, following the Government’s Richard Review of apprenticeships in England, has reached consultation stage and UK Chamber CEO Guy Platten has urged industry to take part and help “promote the future success of UK shipping”.

The UK Chamber, through the Merchant Navy Training Board, has been involved at all stages of the trailblazer process and our Employment Committee Chair Gemma Griffin, of DFDS, has led the Employer Leadership Group in developing the draft standards for Able Seafarer (deck), Catering Rating and Onboard Services Rating.

The industry now has the opportunity to give its’ views on the draft standards and make sure they are fully inclusive and straightforward before the standards are finalised and provided to the Department for Business for formal approval.

UK Chamber CEO Guy Platten said today:

“Developing these new standards is of great importance in helping sectors who wish to employ UK ratings to address their workforce development needs into the future and provide training, employment and career opportunities to young people wanting to enter the industry.

“I would encourage all UK Chamber members, and others from across our industry, to take part in today’s consultation, ensuring your views feed in and that we end up with standards that further promote the future success of UK shipping.”

To take part in the short consultation survey, please visit the Maritime Trailblazer website. The website also provides information about future development of the engine room and electro-technical rating standards.