ProCrew- Gian Frangisk Abela

On Wednesday 16 January our team visited Ġan Franġisk Abela Junior College at Msida. The Junior College is a higher secondary institution that prepares students for tertiary and higher education. Every year the College organises a careers fair. There was a week-long programme of activities aimed at helping the College’s students to explore various career paths before choosing higher education studies. Students could go around the different information stands in the foyer and also attend information sessions in the College hall.

MCAST had an information stand at the fair throughout the whole week. Wednesday was dedicated to the Centre for Maritime Studies and to the Institute of Applied Sciences. Eng Godwin Caruana with the help of Mr Julian Izzo promoted the ProCrew courses among students and lecturers at the College, providing information about career opportunities in the maritime sector to passers by, particularly about the Small Vessel Officers and Engineers routes, helping the students to understand better what careers are available, harnessing the increase in super yacht activity in Maltese marinas.

Visit at the Maria Regina College Mosta Zokrija Secondary School

On Tuesday 8 January, Engineer Godwin Caruana and Mr Julian Izzo, from the MCAST ProCrew team, visited . Here they met students who were interested to learn more about careers in the maritime industry, in particular the Small Vessel Officers and Engineers routes. The audience was made up of a group of highly interested fifteen and sixteen-year-old students.

During the interactive information session, the students were given an insight on opportunities available in the local and international maritime industry and the courses that they would have to take up to meet the IMO standards. Particular prominence was given to the new Pro Crew programmes which lead to various careers in the yachting industry, in the Deck, Engineering and Hospitality areas.

After this interactive session, various students approached us to ask more about these careers showing particular interest in the Marine Engineering route. This was the fourth such meeting which the MCAST team conducted in secondary schools. More sessions are planned in the very near future.

ProCrew team marketing the ProCrew suite of courses for careers in the super yacht industry

Monday 19 November was yet another busy day for the ProCrew team marketing the ProCrew suite of courses for careers in the super yacht industry.

The day kicked off on the outskirts of Qormi, with a meeting attended by over 200 year 11 boys and girls from St Ignatius Secondary School at Tal-Ħandaq. Eng Caruana, aided by Mr Julian Izzo, gave a presentation about MCAST’s Centre for Maritime Studies and about careers in the maritime industry. The presentation then focused on new programmes being developed by MCAST and its partners, the Malta Maritime Forum and City of Glasgow College, as part of the ProCrew project, which is part-financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries fund. During the session students asked about careers in the maritime industry, particularly in the super yacht sector. This interactive information session is an integral part of these students’ career guidance education in a critical point in their educational life where they start thinking very seriously about which route their education and training journey should take. Preparing oneself to work on a super yacht, a super tanker or a mega cruise liner is somehow off the beaten track and our team’s sessions in secondary schools are aiming at enabling students to think big, far and wide!

The ProCrew team then drove all the way up to Ċirkewwa to take the ferry to the island of Gozo. They then drove up to Rabat where they met a group of over 250 boys and girls from the Gozo College Secondary School. Students asked about maritime careers ranging from work on super yachts to working in the Maritime Squadron of the Armed Forces of Malta. Our information sessions about deck operations, maritime engineering and maritime hotel services seem to be lighting students’ imagination. And we’re enjoying it!

 

Outreach seminars for secondary school students

Today we kicked off a series of outreach seminars for secondary school students to make them aware of career opportunities in the maritime industry, in particular the Small Vessel Officers route. The seminar was led by Eng Godwin Caruana, Deputy Director Programme Management at the Institute of Engineering and Transport of MCAST. The seminar was attended by 68 boys and 63 girls from St Clare College Secondary School at Pembroke. An initial presentation gave students an insight on opportunities available in the maritime industry and the courses that they would have to take up to meet the IMO standards. Particular importance was given to the Pro Crew programmes which lead to various careers in the super yacht industry. The presentation was followed by a lively question and answer session which showed the keen interest young people have in this not very known sector of the economy. We seemed to have caught the imagination of a young lady in the audience who said that she interested in becoming a Chief Mate or a Master Mariner on board a super yacht. We hope MCAST will enable her to fulfil her dream!

Partnering with industry: The Bumi Armada Gas Tanker

MCAST’s Centre for Maritime Studies (CMS) has partnered with Bumi Armada to offer hands-on training on board the LNG-FSU vessel Armada LNG Mediterrana at Marsaxlokk Port. First year students in the Diploma in Deck Operations course can experience life on board a fully functional vessel, before actually embarking on a twelve-month sea-going experience on ocean going ships. Following approved procedures under the guidelines of the ship’s staff, CMS Cadets familiarise themselves with the vessel’s day-to-day running of machinery, bridge navigation equipment and overall cargo operations. Participation in watch-keeping is also part of the overall training. Cadets document their learning experience by keeping a logbook. The first group of CMS Cadets who successfully completed their fifteen-day-long on-board experience disembarked on 27 August 2018. We look forward to more Cadets benefitting from this interesting opportunity.

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Stay in touch for further calls for applications for trainers.

The ProCrew team have been working tirelessly over the past few weeks to begin the final stages of our project. Interviews for lecturing staff re ProCrew courses are currently underway.
In the meantime, we’re also gearing up for our train-the-trainer initiatives to ensure our teaching faculty is well prepared by the time we get the courses up and running.

Stay in touch for further calls for applications for trainers.

Also keep your eyes peeled on a notice for the launch of our website.

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