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Careers open days

Our next open day will be in February 2020, a date will be confirmed soon! Thank you

Location: The Spark, East Park Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0YN

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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.

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.

The main open day event is in The Spark at our main East Park Terrace campus. You'll also be able to visit the St Mary's campus, where our cadets are trained, and you'll also be able to visit the engineering and ETO workshop. There will be 'life as an officer' presentations, as well as demonstrations in the electronic chart display simulation suite. Our student residences will also be open to visitors for guided tours.

Visit our new maritime simulation centre

Deck cadets using the 360 degree bridge in Solent's new maritime simulation centre

Located at our main East Park Terrace campus, our brand new maritime simulation centre is the UK's largest ship and port simulator and uses the very latest in ship simulation technology.

Cadets studying with us will be using the centre, so you'll be able to tour it to see for yourself. There will be demos, and you'll have the opportunity to have a go too!

More about the simulation centre

Example exhibitors

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

Download a sample open day programme

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.

What you can expect from an open day

Visitors in the ECDIS suite at the Warsash October 2018 open dayDo 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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Where is the careers at sea open day?

The main open day event is in The Spark at our main East Park Terrace campus. You'll also be able to visit the St Mary's campus, where our cadets are trained, and you'll also be able to visit the engineering and ETO workshop.

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 9-4 (including maths, English and science). For more details see our Application and Sponsorship page.

Is there an upper age limit for officer cadet entry?

No, 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 2020 intakes. 

The exhibitors room at the Warsash October 2018 open dayWill 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. 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 will be around Jan or Feb 2020.

Can we 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 the St Mary's campus. 

Find out more about Solent University open days 

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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.

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. Download our Open Day Poster to promote the event at your school or college.

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.”  

“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.”

If you have any queries, please email us

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