Outstanding Maritime Student receives Top Commendation

City of Glasgow College graduate, Jordan Small, has been awarded a Special Commendation in the MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) Trainee of the Year Award.

The Commendation was presented to Jordan by Sir Alan Massey, Chief Executive, MCA, at a formal ceremony held on Thursday 3 November, at the College’s Riverside campus.

Jordan was nominated by City of Glasgow College for the Award in reflection of his hard work and unfailing determination to succeed, exemplary attendance record, voluntary extra-curricular study sessions and consistent support of fellow students. The judging panel believed his efforts should be recognised with the Commendation.

The 29 year old from Blackburn in Lancashire is delighted to have been awarded the Special Commendation. He said:

“This is quite a shock. It is not what I was expecting and is down to the surroundings and education I have received. You only achieve what you achieve within the right infrastructure.”

“I have been working with Stena Line on the Holyhead to Dublin route for the last year, which I am enjoying. Long term my aim is to become an MCA Surveyor or Accident Investigator.”

Chief Executive, Maritime & Coastguard Agency, Sir Alan Massey, said:

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be presenting this award to Jordan. He has been an outstanding trainee and represents the very high standards we aspire to in merchant seafarers. He deserves our warmest congratulations on his success.”

City of Glasgow College Principal and Chief Executive, Paul Little, said:

“This is an outstanding achievement for Jordan and a well-deserved endorsement of his hard work and determined endeavour. The Commendation also reflects highly on the quality of our stunning Riverside campus, our superb maritime courses and the excellent individual encouragement of our students by our specialist lecturers as we continue to live by our motto to Let Learning Flourish.”

Jordan originally joined the Royal Marines when he left school and served in Iraq as part of a strike team in front line operations for which he received a Commendation from the Commander-in Chief for Distinguished Service.

Following his Royal Marine service and a number of years as Special Constable with Greater Manchester Police, he applied to join the Merchant Navy and successfully completed his HNC in Nautical Science passing MCA/SQA Oral and Written exams.