Merchant Navy Open Day welcomed aspiring seafarers

City of Glasgow College offered aspiring seafarers the chance to pilot their own ship at its annual Merchant Navy Open Day held on Saturday 22 April.

Those leaving school or seeking a second career and considering a life at sea – on deck or as an engineer – got an insight into what the maritime industry has to offer at the Super College’s Riverside campus.

Major British shipping companies, including representatives who recruit cadets and crew, were on hand to offer advice and information to prospective students of City of Glasgow College’s world-class maritime training courses.

Dr Nicola Crawford, Faculty Director of Nautical Studies at the college, said:

“City of Glasgow College’s Merchant Navy Open Day offered a great chance for the seafarers of the future to make initial contact with employers and engage with representatives of the industry, who may hold the key to their career at sea. Many of those who attended last year's event went on to secure sponsorship from a company and enrol on a specialist maritime course at City of Glasgow College, and we expect to set more prospective students and seafarers on their career path following this weekend.”

The Nautical Faculty uses state of the art facilities located at their award-winning Riverside campus, on the River Clyde. The Faculty boasts a working engine room, engine room simulator, five ship handling simulators including four 135 degree simulators, and one 360 degree full mission ship handling simulator.

The Merchant Navy Open Day threw open the doors to some of the Faculty’s training facilities, including the bridge simulators, offering the chance for visitors to experience piloting their own ship, and the working engine room, providing first-hand experience for prospective engineers.

City of Glasgow College teaching staff were also on hand to talk about the academic side of training, while officer cadets shared first-hand experience of the training and life as a cadet, both at the college and on board ship.

All students enrolled on such courses require sponsorship by a company that traditionally would offer funding for their studies and, upon graduation, employment.

Among the companies represented at the event were Clyde Marine Training, Ship Safe Training Group, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Royal Navy Reserves, V-ships, Shell, Carnival Cruises, Chiltern Maritime, Princess Cruises and Stream Marine.