Officer of the Watch 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 maneuverable 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
    36 Months

  • Location
  • Status
    Now Taking Applications
  • Sector
    Security Services
  • Opportunity Type
    Advanced Level 3
  • Apprenticeship Standard
    Officer of the watch (near coastal) (ST0842)
  • Employer
    Boluda Towage UK Ltd


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Apprenticeship: Officer of the Watch Near Coastal under 500gt
We are recruiting for a Level 3 apprenticeship, which allows the apprentice to become an "OOW Near Coastal". We follow the “standard MCA-approved program for OOW” section 6 in MSN 1856 to gain OOW COC.

This course is run over 3 years, time will be spent aboard as well as living on campus at Fleetwood nautical college. The apprentices work under the supervision of experienced colleagues and learn a variety of skills related to their field of study.

This Apprenticeship is a way to learn a profession while earning a salary, often it's a pathway to become a fully qualified Officer of the Watch and progress into a career onboard our tugs.

The objective of the position after finalizing the course
The Officer of the Watch (near Coastal under 500gt) assists the Master and Engineer to ensure the vessel is ready to perform safe and optimal towing services. In this role, you will report to the Tug Master.

Your key tasks will include: providing assistance during towing operations, maintaining ropes and gear to ensure they are in good condition and ready for use, keeping them properly stored when not in use, assisting both Master and Engineer in keeping the tug maintained and ready for operations by performing maintenance, repair, and cleaning of the tug, both in- and outside and cook meals, administering catering and cleaning supplies stock and ensure ordering, performing watch keeping duties when required, reporting unsafe situations and actions to contribute to increased safety and awareness, and participating in safety drills on a regular basis.

For more information about this vacancy please contact Blackpool and the Fylde College on 01253 504343 (Ref ID: 246405)

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Your talents:

  • Flexibility
  • Stress-resistant
  • Communicational and social skills
  • Actively focusing on and achieving or exceeding results
  • Independent, within your own responsibility in the team
  • Taking initiative
  • Technical know-how: maintaining the tugboat
  • Administrative skills
  • 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 3 Officer of the Watch 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.

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

  • 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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