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

OUR NEXT OPEN DAY - Friday 22 January 2016
10am - 4pm  

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Our open days aim to give visitors an insight into what a career in the maritime industry has to offer, and the training programmes necessary to become qualified 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 currently recruiting cadets and crew will be there to give information about the career opportunities they offer.

Cadets under training will also be on hand to share some first hand experiences of the career that they have chosen. A number of our training facilities will be open and visitors will be able to tour the campus, attend presentations, watch fire fighting demonstrations and survival at sea talks.

View our programme of events for the open day.

To find out more about careers in the maritime industry, visit our careers at sea section - it provides a wealth of information on the various sectors, as well as job profiles and career progression. You can also download our officer cadet training schemes brochure.

Picture gallery of January 2015 open day

If you are unable to come along in January, we have another open day on Friday 24 June 2016.

Example of exhibitors attending open day 

Open day exhibitors
Anglo Eastern UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary
Bibby Ship Management Royal Naval Reserves
Carnival UK Ship Safe Training Group (SSTG)
Chiltern Maritime Southampton Solent University
Clyde Marine Training Solent Sport: watersports and gym
Maersk Crewing Viking Recruitment
Princess Cruises Warsash Superyacht Academy

What you can expect from an open day

Do I need to register?

It's not essential for your to register, we are always pleased to see you; however it makes it easier for us - and you - if you register. We can also email you further information about the day two weeks prior to arrival. All you need to do is fill in the registration form and press submit. If you have any problems or specific requests, email us at wma@solent.ac.uk.

Do I need to attend all day?

Our opening hours will be from 10am until 3pm and you do not 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.

Will 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 from our lecturers at certain times in the day (see our programme for times), as well as lots of other academy staff and cadet students 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 direct at wma@solent.ac.uk with numbers and method of transport and we will 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.

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

Very good, depending on the particular company applied to as to 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. Again, this is dependent on the company that employs students. We have had cadets through with ages ranging from 16 to 45.

Should I bring a copy of my CV?

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

Are the companies recruiting for this academic year?

The companies will be looking to recruit mainly for September 2016 and January 2017 intakes.

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 Solent University shuttle buses to and from the Passage Lane car park and the campus throughout the day. When you register online we will email joining instructions and parking information prior to your arrival.

Can we see cadet accommodation?

Yes, you will be able to see a study bedroom and the communal areas. Accommodation tours run every half hour and you can pick up a ticket when you arrive and register in our marquee.

Is there a restaurant that we can use?

Yes. The Dock Restaurant will be open to buy sandwiches, meals and hot and cold snacks and drinks there and will be open at lunchtime from 11.30am to 2pm. The restaurant does get busy with students, so we kindly ask if visitors can avoid the peak rush from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. We also have Mariners lounge which will be open on the day from 9am, where you can buy sandwiches, panini's, pizza, drinks and Costa coffees.

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. If you are unable to come on 26 June, we will be holding another open day in Friday 24 June 2016.

Careers advisers for schools and colleges

If you would like to promote our open day to your students you can download our A4 open day poster to display in communal areas. Download also our supporting A4 poster titled '10 great reasons to train as a ship's officer'. If it is not possible to attend but you would like details about the officer cadet programme for your students, please click here to request a brochure and we'll post you a copy.

We always welcome school and college groups, please email us directly, in order for us to arrange parking and appoint a cadet to look after your group.

Warsash Officer Cadet Georgia Atkins featured in Seafarers UK short film, to highlight the 'opportunities of jobs at sea' and the merchant navy training to become a ship's officer. The filming took place at Warsash campus and the Ship Handling Centre at the Timsbury Lake campus in May 2015. Watch Georgia's video

What our past visitors say...

“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 complete the registration form to register your attendance. Thank you.

If you have any queries, please email wma@solent.ac.uk

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