Two training providers recognised by MNTB’s new centre recognition scheme
Training Solutions (Glasgow) and Maritime Skills Academy (Dover) are the first two seafarer training centres to be recognised by the Merchant Navy Training Board’s (MNTB) new centre recognition scheme.
The service recognises quality training centres in the UK and abroad with an MNTB kitemark. Awardees can use this kitemark to demonstrate the fact they have met MNTB’s strict review criteria and differentiate themselves from their competitors.
The centre recognition service aims to improve seafarer training standards through its rigorous process, which includes recognising where good practice exists and identifying how those who would seek to achieve good practice can be supported in revising their standards.
Clyde Training Solutions (Glasgow) and Maritime Skills Academy (Dover), which piloted the new service, will formally receive MNTB recognition at the UK Chamber of Shipping’s annual Summer Lunch on 20th June.
The new centre recognition service is being operated by the MNTB with the full involvement and approval of the UK Chamber of Shipping.
The Chamber’s Executive Board has the final authority to award recognition based on the evaluative process carried out, overseen and verified by the MNTB’s Recognition Services Review Committee.
The MNTB is an independent body supported by all aspects of the industry, including employers; unions, education centres, training providers and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA).
The MNTB has a national and international reputation for assuring quality cadet training programmes supported by training record books and course criteria for the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).
Its existing course recognition service has been available to maritime colleges and training providers in the UK, Ireland and the Philippines for the past couple of years.