Offshore wind crew transfer vessel operator Seacat Services has concluded the first of many apprentice recruitment drives with the award of a dozen opportunities to the next generation of offshore renewable energy seafarers.
The firm is now set to deliver maritime training for 12 Apprentice Deckhands from the local area as it seeks to expand its crew for a seven-strong fleet of 21-26m offshore wind energy support vessels.
Over 200 applications for the apprenticeship scheme were received and the successful candidates were chosen following an intensive competitive selection process.
The apprenticeship drive seeks to address a skills shortage in UK offshore renewables.
In cooperation with Cowes-based maritime training provider Red Ensign and apprenticeship specialist HTP Training of Newport, Isle of Wight, Seacat Services will deliver a tailored apprenticeship programme for the 12 successful candidates that will see them work towards a Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Studies, with the aim of achieving a Certificate of Competence after further training and sea time has been served.
“The significant number of applications we received for the apprenticeship scheme illustrates a clear demand from young people in the local community for high-quality maritime training opportunities,” said Seacat Services managing director Ian Baylis.
“We’re hoping that this scheme is the first of many for Seacat Services, and this kind of opportunity is something we’d like to see more of across the UK as the industry continues to focus on cultivating local content,” Mr Baylis added.