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A local training provider has joined forces with Hull Maritime to offer a new ‘Maritime Futures’ training programme for young people in Hull who aspire to work at sea.

The Maritime Futures programme

East Coast Maritime Training, who specialises in delivering in training within fishing and offshore industries, is delivering the ‘Maritime Futures’ programme which offers 100 young people, aged 16-25 and the unemployed the chance to complete the recognised training and develop the right skills.

The intensive course is designed to support those who are looking to start their career in the fishing or offshore sectors, whether that is on oil rigs, the fast-growing wind farms or the fishing industry. The recognised training aims to ensure that 75 per cent of those completing the course secure employment within 12 months of completion.

Thanks to funding awarded to the Hull Maritime Foundation from the Trinity House Maritime Charity (THMC), the Hull Maritime project is offering this vocational training with input and first-hand knowledge from a number of former trawlermen offering young people a real insight to working in these industries.

What does the course entail?

Modules include mandatory safety training in:

  • firefighting
  • first aid
  • sea survival
  • health and safety
  • engineering
  • radio procedures
  • watch keeping and navigation.

Also, life skills, teamwork, and forward planning. The course includes a day of raft building at the nearby Kelsey Gardens to underpin the knowledge learnt on the sea survival, seamanship, and stability courses.

Trainees will also learn about Hull’s maritime history through a partnership with the University of Hull

Success so far

Five cohorts of participants have completed the course.

  1. From the first cohort, more than half of the participants have gained employment in the maritime sector,
  2. From the second cohort, six people have secured work in the marine sector and two are getting job search support
  3. By the end of the third cohort in March 2022, 70 per cent of participants had already received offers of employment in the fishing industry
  4. 11 participants completed the course in July 2022, 10 of those have been offered employment and one is unemployed and hoping to undertake further industry specific training
  5. In September 2022, 11 participants completed the course with six being offered employment, two have gone onto further training
  6. In February 2023, nine participants completed the course and 90 per cent of those have been offered employment and the remainder are actively looking for work in the sector
  7. Initial results from the April course are 13 participants completed the course, five have already secured work and two are finishing school and have jobs to go to
  8. The eighth cohort in July 2023 had 13 participants complete the course, nine of them had secured work within the fishing industry before finishing the programme, and the remaining four trainees are waiting to hear back about securing job opportunities
  9. The latest cohort in October 2023 was completed by 11 participants and eight of the 11 have secured employment

In total, 72 per cent of participants have secured work in the maritime sector within 30 days of completing the course and seven per cent have gone on to further training.

Dates for the next training course

Three courses will be available each year until June 2024.

How to apply

Email training@ecmt.co.uk to register your interest for visit East Coast Maritime Training's website.