Every industry has its training needs. However the unique operating environment within the maritime sector, particularly on board a vessel, means that new recruits can be faced with a daunting array of training requirements and options. The Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) has responded to this, working with Videotel Marine International to launch a new familiarisation programme entitled On Board Training which showcases good practice in on board training, describes and illustrates UK training programmes at sea and demonstrates the broad spectrum of training opportunities available to officer and rating trainees.
“Commercial shipping is a crucial component of our worldwide transport system, ” says Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel. “We need highly trained officers and ratings for the operators and charterers of ships worldwide. Through this training programme the MNTB demonstrates the opportunities available in this worthwhile and rewarding job, whilst at the same time boosting trainees’ confidence and enthusiasm for a future career at sea. “
On Board Training also focuses on the roles and responsibilities of the Company Training Officer, the Designated Shipboard Training Officer, The Master, the Chief Engineer and all the training providers on board.
Founded by the Chamber of Shipping, the MNTB is the authoritative centre of expertise and information on careers, qualifications, skill needs and issues in the industry. It provides education and training frameworks to develop high quality British seafarers who are respected worldwide for their professionalism and skill. It co-ordinates the work of shipping companies, academic establishments and trades unions across the world and is approved by the United Kingdom’s certification agency – the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
The programme is available on DVD accompanied by a Training Record Book which provides guidance for, as well as proof of, the work that trainees are required to undertake and perform competently during their training periods at sea. This is a crucial element for consideration by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in their decision whether or not to grant a certificate of competency to a trainee seafarer.