Marine Pilot Apprenticeship ASSOCIATED BRITISH PORTS

The Marine Pilot must know and adhere to safe navigational, vessel handling and environmental working practices. Be able to safely climb and descend moving vessels in sometimes rough waters and be able to use survival techniques in water.

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Closing date: 24 May 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Attractive benefits/schemes included in Salary package.

  • Working week

    A Marine Pilot will typically work shifts to ensure they take regulated rest hours. Days and Shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    2 Years

  • Possible start date

    16 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    09 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

The use of navigation, bridge equipment and navigational aids.  Vessel handling and hydrodynamics, incl towage.  Weather and the effects of wind and current on vessels.  Vessel systems, incl stability, strength. Health, safety and survival tehcniques.  Planning an act of pilotage from boarding to disembarkation.

The training you will be getting

Marine pilot Apprenticeship standard:

Work based training will be provided throughout the apprenticeship, with 4 x one week periods throughout the year of Simulator training based at South Shields Marine school (accommodation will be provided).  There will also be Tutorial weeks based at Hull port, every 6 weeks with a tutor from South Shields college.

The rest of the time, you will be expected to board a number of vessels between Immingham, Goole, Grimsby and Hull and these will be signed off in your training booklet.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Level 5 Diploma in Marine Pilot Operations.

Career opportunities within AB Ports as a Class 3 trainee pilot.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English, Maths + 3 others (Grade Level 5 and above) Essential
Other Uk Driving License, as travel will be required. (Grade pass) Essential

About the employer

We continuously invest in the infrastructure, equipment and skills we need to handle a vast array of cargo safely, efficiently and sustainably. Our expert teams work collaboratively to build long-term partnerships and deliver the right supply chain solutions for our customers, including value-added services and brand new facilities tailored to suit their business needs. ABP also offers large areas of development land across a wide range of strategic port locations, capable of attracting investment and delivering transformational benefits for the economy both locally and nationally. As a vital part of the supply chains of businesses throughout the nation, our 21 ports support 200,000 jobs and contribute £15 billion to the economy every year, handling £157 billion of trade. ABP is dedicated to supporting the communities which rely on our ports. We are dedicated to serving our customers. We are dedicated to fulfilling our mission: Keeping Britain Trading.




Dock Offices

Immingham Dock

DN40 2LZ

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Marine pilot

Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

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Closing date: 24 May 2024