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Careers open days

OUR NEXT OPEN DAY - Friday 23 June 2017
10am - 3pm  

Open Day June 2015Location: Warsash Maritime Academy, Newtown Road, Warsash, Southampton SO31 9ZL

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Ten great reasons to train as a ship's officer in the merchant navy


Our open days aim to give you an insight into what a career in the maritime industry has to offer, and the training programmes necessary to qualify as a ship's navigation, engineer or electro-technical officer in the merchant navy and the superyacht industry.

Many of the major British shipping companies and recruitment and training representatives who recruit cadets and crew will be there to give information about the career opportunities they offer. Our teaching staff are also on hand to talk about the academic side of training.

You can talk to our officer cadets, who are often happy to share their first hand experience of the training and life as a cadet, both at Warsash and on board ship.

A number of our training facilities are open and you're welcome to tour the campus, attend presentations, and watch fire fighting demonstrations and survival at sea talks.

To find out more about careers in the maritime industry, visit our careers at sea section. Here you'll find lots of information on the various sectors, as well as job profiles and career progression. You can also download our officer cadet training schemes brochure.


Open day exhibitors
Anglo Eastern UK Royal Naval Reserves
Carisbrooke Shipping Royal Yacht Squadron Foundation
Carnival UK Ship Safe Training Group (SSTG)
Chiltern Maritime Southampton Solent University
Clyde Marine Training Viking Recruitment
Maersk Crewing Warsash Superyacht Academy
Marine Society Witherby Publishing
 Princess Cruises  V-Ships
Royal Fleet Auxiliary  

What you can expect from an open day

Open Day January 2016 - Engineering WorkshopDo I need to register?

It's not essential for you to register, we're always pleased to see you; however it makes it easier for us - and you - if you register. It also means we can email you further information before the day itself. All you need to do is fill in the registration form and press submit. If you have any problems or specific requests, email us.

Do I need to attend all day?

We'll be open from 10am until 3pm, but you don't need to stay all day. We run a programme of events throughout the day and you can choose to come at any time. We recommend you allow a minimum of two hours to make the most of the opportunities available. Our Warsash campus map proivdes a key to the event locations on the programme.

Should I bring a copy of my CV?

It's always worth bringing your CV to show to the companies, as some may set up an interview with you there and then; but it depends on how busy they are.

What is the chance of getting sponsored by a shipping company?

Very good, depending on the particular company applied to and depending on their specific employment guidelines. Generally, any applicant must have at least four GSCEs, grades A-C (including maths, English and science). For more details see our Application and Sponsorship page.

Is there an upper age limit for officer cadet entry?

Not at all, however it's dependent on the individual shipping company. We have had cadets at Warsash with ages ranging from 16 to 50.

Are the companies recruiting for this academic year?

The companies will be looking to recruit mainly for January and September 2018 intakes.

Where will I be taught if I start my cadetship at Warsash in September 2017?

From September 2017, officer cadets will be taught at the St Mary's campus in Southampton - our new dedicated building in the heart of the city and close to Solent University's main campus at East Park Terrace. The relocation forms part of the University's ambitious plans to bring its maritime education programmes from the Warsash campus to Southampton by 2018. Find out more about the future plans for Warsash Maritime Academy

Open Day Jan 2016 - HalcyonWill the companies be willing to talk with small groups of students and give advice?

Representatives from the companies are available to talk to during the day, and will be situated in two halls within the Moyana Building (see our campus map). We also hold 'life as an officer' presentations by our lecturers at certain times in the day (see our programme for times), and there are lots of other academy staff and cadets on hand to talk to.

I would like to bring a group along, is this permitted?

Yes, of course. If you are a careers adviser from a school or FE college and would like to bring along a group, please email us with numbers and method of transport and we'll contact you. If you would like to promote the open day at your school or college please download and print our A4 open day poster.

How do I get to Warsash?

Please see Find Us for directions.

Where can we park?

Parking is very limited on campus, however free parking is available close to the campus at Passage Lane car park in Warsash. We run two shuttle buses to and from the Passage Lane car park and the campus throughout the day. When you register online we'll email joining instructions and parking information two weeks prior to the open day. If you are arriving by car please print out and display our open day visitor car parking permit - click here to download.

Is there a restaurant we can use?

Yes. The Dock Restaurant will be open at lunchtime (11.30am - 2pm) and sells sandwiches, meals and hot and cold snacks and drinks. The restaurant does get busy with students, so we kindly ask visitors to avoid the peak rush from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. We also have Mariners lounge which will be open from 12noon and sells sandwiches, paninis, pizza, drinks and Costa coffee.

I can't make this open day, can I arrange a private visit?

Unfortunately we are a small team and, although we would love to, we do not have the capacity to take on individual visits to the campus for potential students. 

Careers advisers for schools and colleges

Open Day June 2015If you would like to promote our open day to your students you can download our A4 open day poster and our supporting '10 great reasons to train as a ship's officer' poster to display in communal areas. If you're unable to attend but you would like details about the officer cadet training programme for your students, email us to request a brochure and we'll post you a copy.

We always welcome school and college groups, please email us to arrange parking and we'll appoint a cadet to look after your group.

Warsash officer cadet Georgia Atkins featured in Seafarers UK's short film which highlights the opportunities of jobs at sea, as well as the training required to become a ship's officer in the Merchant Navy. The filming took place at the Warsash campus and our ship handling centre at the Timsbury Lake campus in May 2015. Watch Georgia's video.

What our past visitors say...

“I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know how pleased we were to have attended the open day - it was well worth the effort to travel over from N. Ireland.  It has certainly helped my son in progressing his interest and confirming his intentions of pursuing a career as an ETO as well as assuring myself as a parent of the career progression and training requirements. There was a wealth of information available from the companies and training providers especially the ETO cadets.”  Denise Lazarescu, Northern Ireland (Open day Jan 2017)

“The students of the London Nautical School had a very informative day and the sixth form students benefited from meeting the shipping companies. For the year ten students, this was a perfect way to gain an understanding for options to enter the Merchant Navy. We will be attending again next year and look forward to seeing you again.” Ed Sumner, Senior Nautical Instructor (Open day Jan 2017)

“Thank you for a superb experience at the Warsash open day. We found it very informative, everyone was so helpful and friendly and it's really helped my son with his career planning. I can thoroughly recommend the visit to anyone”. Amanda Causer, Kent (June 2015)

“I thoroughly enjoyed the open day. It was a fantastic opportunity to find out more about Warsash and talk to sponsoring companies and cadets. Everyone was really friendly and helpful.” Ed Whattoff, Lincolnshire (January 2015)

"We really enjoyed the day at your academy as it was very informative and just fantastic to meet the companies and shipping agencies.  I would like to also add that we found the calibre of all the cadets we met to be so good.  They were all so confident and enthusiastic about their career.” Claire Caldwell, parent, Coleraine, Northern Ireland (January 2015)

“Many thanks for today, it was very useful both for myself and the students. The cadets (Harry and Hannah) who showed us round were so helpful and informative. They were proactive and encouraging our students to talk and ask questions. I would be keen to bring students on another occasion!” Kelly Chinorwadza, Careers Adviser at Highbury College, Portsmouth (January 2015)

"What a wonderful experience we all had at your maritime careers day. The whole day was fantastic and so informative. The students thoroughly enjoyed their tour and the opportunity to gain knowledge of potential careers in the sector. I know the experience has raised the aspirations of many of the students and given them a goal to work towards. I would also like to thank your cadets, they were brilliant. They pitched our tour perfectly, and nothing was too much trouble." Jo Turner, Enterprise/Employability Co-ordinator, Kings School, Winchester - January 2014

"After attending your open day one of our students was really taken with the merchant navy and life at sea and is thinking of looking for a cadetship." Fareham College - January 2014

"We very much enjoyed the open day. It was well organised and we saw everything we needed. It was excellent to go into the big bridge simulators and hear the explanation from the BP cadet. My son also met the recruitment manager that he then had an interview with on the following Monday - so that was very helpful." Mrs Carter, Hampshire - March 2013

Please fill in the registration form to book your place. Thank you.

If you have any queries, please email us

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