To create opportunities for young people (and not so young!) to obtain the qualifications necessary to work in the SUPERYACHT industry.
These qualifications will allow you to work on the DECK or in the ENGINE room for vessels up to 3000GT. To GETTING QUALIFIED means spending time at a college as well as at sea. The qualifications obtained are INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED. This will be the first time qualifications of this calibre will be available in Malta.
Malta currently doesn’t offer a pathway for people wanting to work in the superyacht industry, YET there is currently a fleet of approximately 450 superyachts flying the Maltese flag. A walk around the Grand Harbour in Valletta shows that MALTA IS A DESTINATION OF CHOICE FOR MANY SUPERYACHTS.
Malta has a fantastic location in the Mediterranean Sea and has excellent transport links to Europe and the rest of the world. The official languages are Maltese and English, which is the international language for ships at sea. These are some of the reasons why Malta would make an excellent training centre for people wanting to follow this career pathway.
Do these qualifications already exist?
YES. The qualification follows an established framework. Presently a student would have to go the South of France, UK or USA to undertake the training courses. The courses being developed would follow this framework but also be unique in the way that they are delivered and recognise a student’s achievements.
What makes us unique?
The course will consist of TWO ELEMENTS, an online learning programme and a classroom module, leading to the approved assessment.
This will allow flexibility in delivery so that even when they are at sea, a student can progress their career. By completing the online learning a student will gain a deeper knowledge of the subject area before going to college and sitting the exam. The programme developers are also looking at ways to incorporate an academic group award to recognise the student’s achievement, which is an advantage if or when they wanted to change career direction and work ashore.
Who is developing the programme?
A professional team at the City of Glasgow College is developing the course materials. There is a dedicated team of subject experts, who along with the learning technologies staff, are working on the classroom and e-learning packages. Their job is to create materials, which will allow a student to develop their skills at sea and in the classroom, providing them with the qualifications necessary for the super yacht industry.
All teams on board are working at full speed to launch PROCREW. It’s anticipated that the courses would be offered to students as from EARLY 2019.
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