The Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) works to ensure that UK training of seafarers is seen as a world-leading standard and focuses on delivering the skills needed by the shipping sector.

Modernising training 

Often it is not possible to replicate decision-making environments on board vessels, especially in high-traffic areas or restricted visibility where experience is essential. 
Simulators can provide a logical progression of events, experiences, training, and achievement of objectives in a way that may not be possible on board a ship. 

Using simulators will provide trainee seafarers with the necessary underpinning knowledge to familiarise them with the bridge watchkeeping duties. 

Currently operating as a pilot, the aim is to roll out the wider use of simulators to all UK cadets to set them on a level playing field, equipping them with the skills and competence they need to enhance their sea time experience. 

Electronic records 

It is essential that cadets have accurate records of their training and qualifications. Storing these electronically will make it easier for designated Shipboard Training Officers and supporting Training Officers to approve tasks. It will also be easier for training management companies, the MNTB and the MCA, to monitor students’ progress at sea, which is a significant part of their training. 

This new approach means content, changes to regulatory requirements, and supporting documentation can be uploaded at any point and used to store certificates. In time there is also the potential to be used as a personal development tool for the life of the seafarer’s career.

 A full roll out is planned for September 2024. 

Careers at Sea

The Careers at Sea Ambassador programme relaunched in January 2024 is designed to provide young people with an insight into the many career opportunities available to them in maritime.  The Ambassadors volunteer their time to promote and explain the various pathways, including education and training available to those looking to start a career at sea. To find out more about how to become an ambassador or to register your interest please visit the Careers at Sea website Looking to volunteer - Careers At Sea

New industry promotional films are currently in development and are scheduled to be released during National Careers Week in March 2024. The series of five videos titled ‘Sea Life – See Life’ will focus on Deck Cadetships, Engineering Cadetships, Electro-Technical, Ratings apprenticeships and a general promotional video on commercial shipping industry. These videos will be available to all to share and use for promotional purposes to help raise awareness of the many exciting opportunities available to those looking to make a career choice.