College open day for careers at sea

City of Glasgow College opens its doors to aspiring seafarers at its Merchant Navy Open Day.

Taking place on Saturday 27 April, this popular event is aimed at those considering a career in the maritime industry.

Many of the UK’s major shipping companies will be represented, with recruitment staff available to offer advice and guidance to prospective students.

Mark Stagg, Dean for the Faculty of Nautical & STEM at City of Glasgow College, said:

“If you are considering a career in the maritime industry, then this event offers the ideal opportunity to meet face-to-face with the people who can help shape your future career. We have witnessed many individuals, who attend these open days, go on to secure the sponsorship they need and enrol here at the college.”

Among those attending are Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Anglo eastern, AW Crewing, Carnival, Chiltern Maritime, Clyde Marine training, Princess cruises, Shell, Ship safe training group, Stream Marine and V-ships.

A Women into Maritime stand with ambassadors and female cadets will specifically promote careers at sea for women. TS Glasgow sea cadets, Royal Navy and Royal Navy reserve will also be exhibiting.

Staff and lecturers will also be on hand to talk about the academic side of training. They will be joined by current students who can share their experience of both training and life as a cadet, at college and at sea.  

Jake Napoli, who graduated last June with an HNC in Marine Engineering, recommends the cadetship route he took saying:

“It was a brilliant educational experience. Committing to three and a half years of further education was a big step. However, with thanks to the college and its staff, not a day goes by that I regret doing so. The cadetship is a great introduction to a hidden industry which has lots to offer.”

Jake’s course highlights include putting into practice the skills he learned in the college’s working engine room; and the opportunity to sail with crew from all over the world, gaining experience on slow speed and medium speed marine diesel engines.

“The facilities at the college are great, there’s plenty of room to study, and the workshops and engine room really help you to get a feel for the equipment that we will use and work on at sea,” he said.

The student from Portree, on the Isle of Skye, returned to City of Glasgow College to complete his HND in Marine Engineering and, speaking of his long term plans, he said: 

“My final project is on dual fuel conversion feasibility so I would like the chance to work on dual fuel engines. My interests lie primarily in the energy sector as I have always had an appreciation for the technology used in these areas, as well as the attitude towards safety.

“I am looking for employment, to start in June, and hope to secure a job with an exciting company such as Teekay, BP, Shell, or Seajacks.”

For further information about the event or to register to attend, please visit our website.