Small Vessel Chief Engineer Apprenticeship

  • Boluda Towage UK Ltd
  • Liverpool
  • £Competitive

Harbour towage (assisting large vessels in and out of ports) is essential to the safe and efficient operation of UK ports, and ultimately the flow of trade in and out of the UK. Do you want the opportunity to operate some of the most advanced harbour towage vessels? How about one day being the Captain of one of our highly maneuvrable tugs? Or maybe you would thrive being responsible for maintenance and operation of the main engines and multiple other systems on-board? An apprenticeship with us could be just what you're looking for….

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  • GMFJ Reference
  • Wages
  • Hours
    40.00 per week
  • Date Posted
  • Start Date
  • Approx. Duration
    48 Months

  • Location
  • Status
    Now Taking Applications
  • Sector
    Engineering & Manufacturing
  • Opportunity Type
    Higher Level 4
  • Apprenticeship Standard
    Small vessel chief engineer (ST0875)
  • Employer
    Boluda Towage UK Ltd


To apply use the link, select the vacancy and complete your application


Apprentice Small Vessel Chief Engineer

We are recruiting a Level 4 Apprenticeship, which allows the apprentice to become an "EOOW Small Vessel Engineer". After completing the sea time, the apprentice can grow to "Small Vessel Chief Engineer".

We follow the “standard MCA-approved program for EOOW” section 4.3 in MSN 1904 to gain EOOW COC.

This course is run over 4 years, time will be spent aboard as well as living on campus at Fleetwood Nautical College. If you love engines then this apprenticeship is right for you. By becoming an an Chief Engineer through the apprenticeship route you will get to learn all you need to kick start a career as a Small Vessel Chief Engineer.

The objective of the position after finalizing the course
The Small Vessel Chief Engineer ensures that equipment and installations on board are in good condition and ready to operate.

To execute maintenance, ensure, and improve the vessel systems, equipment, and parts in compliance with Class, Flag State, HSE-Q, maintenance strategy, and other compulsory regulations in a safe, effective, and cost-efficient manner. Ensure that spare parts, consumables, and inspections are planned and ordered on time.

The Chief Engineer reports hierarchical to the Tug Master and functional to the local Superintendent.

Salary: 1st year annual salary £13k, national minimum wage thereafter

For more information about this vacancy please contact Blackpool and the Fylde College on 01253 504343 (Ref ID: 246403)

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  • Works well under pressure
  • Communicational and social skills
  • Taking initiative
  • Team Player
  • Flexibility
  • Actively focusing on and achieving or exceeding results
  • Planning and managing activities and resources efficiently and effectively to achieve goals

  • 5 GCSE’s which must include English, Maths, and sciences, Grade 5 and above
  • Capable of passing a Medical ENG 1


The successful candidate will work towards completing the Level 4 Small Vessel Chief Engineer Standard from the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education. Delivered by Blackpool and The Fylde College offering expert tuition and exceptional facilities.

Personalised programme

Your B&FC apprenticeship is made up of several different elements and each one reflects your individual abilities and career goals. Our expert tutors and assessors have relevant industry experience and will support you to achieve all your goals.

Off-the-job training

Developing your skills at work is called on-the-job training, 20% of your apprenticeship (equal to one full day a week) will be ‘off-the-job’. This might include attending College, tackling projects, online learning, coaching, shadowing, or training for your job.

Stacks of support

Assessment mostly takes place in the workplace. When you start, you will be allocated a skills coach, who will visit you at least once a month to guide and support you and help you to plan for your future. We will also provide you with specialist support for your English and maths and for any additional needs that you make us aware of.

  • Passion for the maritime industry

  • A dynamic career with a global market-leading towage provider
  • Attractive terms and conditions
  • A dedicated local team in the UK
  • Enthusiastic, motivated and passionate colleagues
  • An interesting job environment in the UK Ports

  • Minimum age requirement 17+
  • Living in the UK

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