Island-based class leading 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.
As the importance of sourcing local content continues to grow for developers and operators working in the offshore wind sector, these new appointments illustrate a commitment to simultaneously fulfill increasingly stringent requirements, whilst having a positive impact on the local community and giving the next generation of seafarers a taste of working in the emerging marine energy industry.
In cooperation with Cowes-based maritime training provider Red Ensign and apprenticeship specialist HTP Training of Newport, 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.