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Careers Open Days

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OUR NEXT OPEN DAY - Friday 23 January 2015

10am - 4pm

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, of job profiles and career progression.

Download our Officer Cadet Training Schemes| brochure

Picture gallery of January 2014 open day|

If you are unable to come along in January, we have another open day on Friday 26 June 2014


Open day June exhibitors
 Anglo Eastern UK|                 MaerskCrewing
 BP Maritime Services|    Princess Cruises|
 Carnival UK|    Royal Fleet Auxiliary|
 Carisbrooke Shipping|    Ship Safe Training Group (SSTG)|
 Chiltern Maritime|    Southampton Solent University and Careers Coach|
 Clyde Marine Training|    Sport Solent: Watersports and Gym|
 Deeside Crewing |
   Viking Recruitment|
 Interior Yacht Services|

   Warsash Superyacht Academy|

What can you expect from an open day?

Do I need to register?

It's not essential for you to register, we are always pleased to see you, however it makes it easier for us - and you - if you register.  It is very easy; fill in the registration form| and press submit. If you have any problems or have specific requests, email us on wma@solent.ac.uk |

Do I need to attend all day?

Our opening hours will be from 10am until 4pm and you do not need to stay all day. An example of a programme of events| run 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.  

Can we see the cadet accommodation?

Yes, you will be able to see a study bedroom and the communal areas. 

Where can we park?

Parking is very limited on campus, however free parking is available close to the campus at Passage Lane| council car park in Warsash. We run two Solent University shuttle buses to and from 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. 

Is there a restaurant area that we can use?

Yes, the Dock Restaurant will be open all day and you can purchase sandwiches, meals and hot and cold snacks and drinks there. The Mariners coffee bar is also open and you can get sandwiches, paninis, pizza and Costa coffees. Lunchtimes at the Dock Restaurant are from 11.30 to 14.00 and the restaurant does get busy with students, so we kindly ask if visitors can avoid the peak rush from 12.30 to 13.30.

What is the chance of a student receiving sponsorship?

Very good, depending on the particular company applied to as to their specific employment guidelines. Generally any applicant must have five GCSEs grades A to C (including maths, english and science).  For more details visit our Application and Sponsorship| page.

Is there an upper age limit for entry?

No, 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.

How do I get there?

Please see Find Us| for directions.

Should I bring a copy of my CV?

It's always worth bringing your CV to show to the companies.  Some companies have been known to interview there and then, but it depends on how busy they are.

Will the companies be willing to talk with small group of students and give advice?

There will be presentations from lecturers who will speak with visitors, as well as lots of other staff and students, and the companies will be available to talk all day.

Are companies recruiting for this coming academic year?

The companies will be looking to recruit potentially for September 2015 and January 2016.

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 simply do not have the capacity to take on individual visits to the campus for potential students. If you are unable to come on 23 January, we will be holding another open day on Friday 26 June 2015.

I would like to bring a group along - is that 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 back.

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. 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 shall post you a copy.

What our past visitors say...

"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 contact wma@solent.ac.uk| 

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