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A good turn out for Warsash's Careers Open Day

Warsash Maritime Academy welcomed over 450 visitors to their Careers Open Day on Friday 28 June. Visitors arrived from all over the country, including Wales, Midlands, Cornwall and Kent. Overseas visitors came from France and even as far as Canada.

The maritime industry remains buoyant and the demand for qualified ships’ officers offers excellent career prospects for those entering the Merchant Navy and the superyacht industry.   The Open Day showcased the lucrative opportunities available to college leavers and those looking for a change of career.

A programme of events went on throughout the day, where visitors were able to listen to talks on ‘Life as a merchant navy officer’, take command of a ship in the bridge simulator, navigate a passage using electronic charts, walk through a virtual engine room on a ship, watch fire fighting demonstrations and even a coastguard helicopter rescue with the Hamble Life Boat service, as well as distress flare demonstrations and observe students under tuition in the engineering workshop.

A key highlight to the occasion was the ability for visitors to meet the companies responsible for officer cadet training and recruitment. Warsash Maritime Academy’s officer cadet courses cover navigation (deck), engineering and electro-technical officer training. The route for merchant navy officer training is to apply directly to shipping companies or their representatives.

The representatives from the companies exhibiting at the Open Day, included;

  • Anglo-Eastern (UK) Ltd
  • BP Maritime Services
  • Carnival (UK)
  • Chiltern Maritime
  • Clyde Marine Training
  • Maersk
  • Princess Cruises
  • Royal Fleet Auxiliary
  • Ship Safe Training Group
  • Viking Recruitment
  • wilsonhalligan Large Yacht Recruitment

If you would like to find out more about the merchant navy cadet scheme and careers in the maritime industry, please go to our Careers section.

Our next Careers Open Day is Friday 24 January 2013.

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