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Careers open days

Our next open day:
Saturday 13 October 2018

Time: 9.30am-2.00pm
Location: St Mary's campus, Chapel Road, Southampton, SO14 5GL


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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.

Here are 10 great reasons to train as a ship's officer in the merchant navy.

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.

Open Day June 2015

You're welcome to tour the new St Mary's campus, and you'll also be able to visit the engineering workshop. There will be presentations and maritime safety talks, as well as demonstrations in the electronic chart display and electro-technical simulation suites. The Emily Davies and David Moxon student residences - where cadets will be accommodated - will also be open to visitors for guided tours.

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
AW Crewing Services Royal Fleet Auxiliary
Anglo Eastern Royal Naval Reserves
BP Maritime RYS Isle of Wight Foundation 
Carisbrooke Shipping Shell Ship Management
Carnival UK Ship Safe Training Group (SSTG)
Chiltern Maritime V-Ships
Clyde Marine Training Viking Recruitment
Maersk Crewing Warsash Superyacht Academy
Princess Cruises

 Example programme of events

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. 

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Do I need to attend all day?

We're open from 9.30am until 2.00pm, but you don't need to stay for the duration. We run a programme of events throughout the day and you can choose to come at any time. We recommend you allow two hours to make the most of the opportunities available.

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 September 2019 and January 2020 intakes.

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. We also hold 'life as an officer' presentations by our lecturers at certain times in the day, 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. 

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. Our next open day is on Saturday 13 October 2018.

Can we also take a look at Solent University's main campus on the day as well?

Yes, the University is open and you are very welcome to visit the main campus in East Park Terrace. It is about a 15-minute walk from St Mary's campus.

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Careers advisers for schools and colleges

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. Download and print our A4 open day poster to display in communal areas.

We always welcome school and college groups, please email us to arrange parking and we'll also 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 Northern 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 (January 2017)

“The students of the London Nautical School had a very informative day and the sixth form students benefitted 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 (January 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

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