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Maritime & Marine Operation


Set sail into your dream career and get involved in the maritime and marine operations industry. Work on sea and ashore, in engineering or even controlling the transportation of essential goods within a marina – the options this industry opens up to you are endless!

Industry Summary

The UK’s maritime industry is a major part of our heritage and continues to be a major international force. The sector includes companies ranging from small, local businesses to globally recognisable names – there are over 5,000 companies in the maritime industry alone. As an island nation, the shipping and maritime sectors are crucially important to the UK economy; a majority of the goods you use every day were brought into the country by ship. You could join the 240,000 other people who work within this ever growing and highly rewarding industry.

From prestigious cruise liners to high-tech bulk carriers, every ship is different, along with the roles available on board. You could be a navigation officer, a part of the engineering team or even a member of the catering crew. This is an industry that offers plenty of opportunities for adventure, in certain roles it’s even expected that you travel all over the world and visit some amazing locations.

The maritime industry is constantly evolving in response to the demands of the modern world and so there are plenty of positive career prospects for those of all backgrounds. If you have an interests in ensuring sustainability, shipping, sales, becoming a pilot or even just port control, there are a huge range of opportunities out there to suit anyone.

 

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Work Experience

Sea-faring work experience is highly useful to a career in the maritime industry – after all, it’s never too early to find out if you suffer from sea sickness. There are opportunities across the UK in order to build your skills and get you ready for the workplace. Not only will you develop the aptitude that makes you an attractive employee, but you’ll also be able find out if you enjoy the role you are working in and if you wish to pursue this in the future.

Unsure about what a work placement could involve? You should’ve asked!

 

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are highly suited to the maritime industry as so many jobs involved require a mix of practical learning and theoretical study. In an apprenticeship, you’ll have the chance to learn on-the-job alongside experienced colleagues and also get to grips with some academic learning behind the industry at a training provider or college. Not only will your training costs be paid for by your employer, but you’ll also be paid a salary as you build a strong foundation for your future career. Here are some apprenticeship opportunities that you could consider:

  • Level 2 – Maritime Caterer
  • Level 2 – Maritime Electrical/Mechanical Mechanic
  • Level 2 – Port Operative
  • Level 3 – Maritime Operations Officer
  • Level 3 – Marine Engineer
  • Level 5 – Marine Pilot

Want to know what apprenticeships are all about? We have you covered!

 

Degree Apprenticeships

A degree apprenticeship is an excellent option for you if you wish to pursue a career in the maritime industry. Not only will you gain your bachelor’s or master’s degree in a maritime related field, but this will be paid for by your employer as well as your salary – that means no student debt and the chance to start earning! You’ll also spend most of your time in the workplace, working alongside experienced professionals and getting to grips with the skills necessary to excel in the maritime industry.  

  • Level 6 – Maritime Studies (Learning at Work) BSc (Hons)
  • Level 7 – Maritime Studies (Learning at Work) MSc

Is a degree apprenticeship up your street? We’ll help you know!

 

University

Though a degree is not necessary to enter many roles in the maritime industry, some management, engineering or scientific careers may require proof of an undergraduate qualification from their candidates. A degree will give you the opportunity to choose which area of the maritime industry you’d like to specialise in – you could pick your modules to study that reflect your interests. You’ll be able to learn the academic and theoretical knowledge behind the sector so you can apply this to your role when you graduate and contribute to the success of your company. It’s advisable that you look for a degree with a year in industry in order to get you the practical experience that employers look for.

  • Maritime Business and Maritime Law BSc (Hons)
  • Marine Biology BSc (Hons)
  • Marine and Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)
  • Sustainable Maritime Operations BSc (Hons)
  • Shipping and Port Management BSc (Hons)
  • International Supply Chain and Shipping Management BSc (Hons)
  • Maritime Business and Logistics BSc (Hons)

Want to find out what University could offer you? We have your back!

 

Graduate Jobs

If you already have a degree and wish to begin a career in the maritime industry, why not check out a graduate job or scheme. In a graduate job you have the chance to get stuck in straight away and gets hand on in the work. Or on the other hand, a graduate scheme will offer you a structured training programme aimed at delivering the skills you need to further develop your career. Not only will you have a chance to increase your prospects and talents, but you’ll also be able to learn from the example of other maritime professionals as you rotate around the company, getting a feel for the different roles that are available to you.

Want to know what graduate jobs are all about? We can help!

 

Other routes

The industry has plenty of stories of people who started at the bottom and worked their way to the top – this is an industry that recognises hard work and natural talent. However, there are many roles within the maritime industry that require specific qualifications or certifications in order to be considered by employers. If you’re feeling a bit stuck, why not contact some employers or local training providers to find out more on how you could get your dream role in the maritime industry.

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Officers in armed forces

Work Description

Officers in armed forces serve as commissioned officers in Her Majesty’s armed forces, foreign and Commonwealth armed forces; plan, direct, organise and administer military operations; and perform duties for which there is no civilian equivalent.

Qualification

Entry to a commission in the UK armed forces is possible with GCSEs/S grades and A levels/H grades, or with higher academic qualifications, or by promotion from NCO or other rank. Each arm of the forces has different age restrictions. Candidates must pass a medical examination and interview.

Job Tasks

advises and provides information on military aspects of defence policy; plans, directs and co-ordinates military training and manoeuvres; supervises the operation of military units and monitors the activities of junior officers, NCOs and other ranks; plans, directs and administers aid to civilian authorities as requested or when faced with civil disorder, natural disaster or other emergency.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

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Ship and hovercraft officers

Work Description

Ship and hovercraft officers command and navigate ships and other craft, co-ordinate the activities of officers and deck and engine room ratings, operate and maintain communications equipment on board ship and undertake minor repairs to engines, boilers and other mechanical and electrical equipment.

Qualification

Entrants usually possess GCSEs/S grades and A levels/H grades. Good colour vision without spectacles or contact lenses is required for some posts and candidates must undergo a medical examination. Training lasts three to four years and combines taught courses and assessed training at sea.

Job Tasks

allocates duties to ship’s officers and co-ordinates and directs the activities of deck and engine room ratings; directs or undertakes the operation of controls to inflate air cushions, run engines and propel and steer ships, hovercraft and other vessels; locates the position of vessel using electronic and other navigational aids such as charts and compasses and advises on navigation where appropriate; monitors the operation of engines, generators and other mechanical and electrical equipment and undertakes any necessary minor repairs; maintains radio contact with other vessels and coast stations; prepares watch keeping rota and maintains a look-out for other vessels or obstacles; maintains log of vessel’s progress, weather conditions, conduct of crew, etc.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Boat and ship builders and repairers

Work Description

Boat and ship builders and repairers construct, install and repair wooden structures and fittings, and shape, position, rivet and seal metal plates and girders to form the metal structures and frameworks for marine craft.

Qualification

Entrants typically possess GCSEs/S grades. Training is usually via apprenticeship including practical experience and technical training. Apprenticeships in relevant aspects of engineering and construction are available at NVQ/SVQ Level 3.

Job Tasks

examines drawings and specifications to determine job requirements; uses rules, scribes and punches to mark out metal plate with guidelines and reference points and cuts plates using appropriate tools; uses machine tools to bend, curve, punch, drill and straighten metal plate as required and positions and aligns metal platework or frame for welding and bolting; rivets together metal plates and girders, seals seams, smoothes welds, fixes metal doors, collars, portholes, tank and hatch covers; selects and measures appropriate wood and cuts, shapes and drills to specification using saws, planes, chisels and other power or hand tools; aligns and fixes prepared wood pieces by screwing, nailing, gluing and dowelling to form decking, small wooden marine craft and their interiors and fittings; maintains and repairs woodwork and fittings.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

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