Seafarer Deck Rating Apprentice – Marine Tarmac Marine Crewing Services

An able seafarer works on deck aboard ships and vessels, acting as the watchkeepers of the crew. You’ll spend significant periods of time at sea, maintaining the safety and security of the vessel, cargo and personnel on board, and undertaking a range of practical seafarer skills covering rope work, anchoring and mooring activities and operations

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Closing date: 14 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £15,000.00

  • Working week

    You’ll work a shift rota over 24 hours, so early mornings and late nights are possible. You will work 3 weeks on and 1 week off during the sea phase. Days and Shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    21 Months

  • Possible start date

    16 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    17 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate
    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number

    VAC1000258419

  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

At Tarmac, ‘who you are’ matters.  We want to get to know you.  If you share our values and are proud of a job well done, collaborative in working well with others and ambitious to make things better, then have a read of what we have on offer. 

We are currently recruiting for a Seafarer Deck Rating Apprentice to work with the Tarmac Marine fleet of marine aggregate dredgers.  Our marine team are specialists in marine and wharf operations, ship engineering and mineral resources.

Tarmac Marine operates in the English North Sea, English Channel, Bristol Channel and Irish Sea. Our fleet of four ships are purpose built for aggregate dredging and as part of a network of wharves and processing plants Tarmac Marine supplies high quality natural sand and gravel aggregates into major UK construction projects. 

Here at Tarmac, we are working hard to create a dynamic and inclusive environment and it’s important that our people come from a variety of different backgrounds.

Main Responsibilities:
Tarmac are looking to further invest into Seafarer Deck Rating Apprentices. Through a combination of core college courses where the candidate will gain the Efficient Deckhand Qualification followed by sea time leading to the Able-Bodied Seafarer certificate of proficiency issued by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

  • An Able Seafarer works on ships as a watchkeeper and helping to maintain the fabric of the vessel.
  • During the seafarer deck rating apprenticeship, you’ll spend significant periods of time at sea, maintaining the safety and security of the vessel, cargo and personnel on board, and undertaking a range of practical seafarer skills including ropework, anchoring, mooring and other operations vital to the vessel.
  • You’ll work shifts over, so early mornings and late nights are possible, and you’ll likely work with other seafarers of different nationalities.
  • Integral to your role will be adhering to safety and environmentally responsible working practices and international regulations. You’ll also have a range of security duties to carry out during the course of your work

The training you will be getting

  • You will receive training to prepare you for the Seafarer (Deck Rating) Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard End Point Assessment
  • This will include Block Release Training to North Kent College, Gravesend Campus at stages during your Apprenticeship Programme. This will invole staying at a hotel local to the college during week days.
  • Qualifications list;
    • Award in Maritime Studies: Deck Rating – SQA Code GC6K 62
      Level: 2

       

    • Certificate in Maritime Studies: Able Seafarer (Deck) – SQA Code GK54 54
      Level: 2

       

    • STCW Personal Survival Techniques
      Level: 2

       

    • STCW Basic Firefighting and Fire prevention
      Level: 2

       

    • STCW Elementary first aid
      Level: 2

       

    • STCW Proficiency in security awareness
      Level: 2

       

    • STCW Personal safety and social responsibility
      Level: 2

       

    • MNTB Entry into Enclosed Spaces
      Level: 2

       

    • MCA approved Steering Certificate
      Level: 2

       

    • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats Certificate
      Level: 2

       

    • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties
      Level: 2

       

    • MCA approved Navigational Watch Rating Certificate (including 2 months statutory sea time)
      Level: 2

       

    • MCA approved Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) Certificate (including 6 months statutory sea time)
      Level: 2

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship, you'll move into an Able Seafarer Deck position.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Physical fitness, Willing to work offshore, Work in Marine Environment, Able to work at Heights, Able to work Confined Spaces, Willing to Work Shifts, Drive and Ambition to Succeed, Passion for Safety, Confidence, Understand and follow orders

Qualifications

GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade 4) Essential

Things to consider

In addition to the role of Seafarer Deck Rating Apprentice we offer an extensive range of career development opportunities and industry-leading rewards, incentives, and benefits: Enhanced holiday entitlement Contributory pension scheme Access to the Tarmac Reward website with discounts on retailers, holidays, etc. Access to our Employee Assistance helpline for free and confidential advice Access to join our Employee Communities (employee networks) we currently have nine communities inc. (REACH) Religious, Ethnic, Cultural Heritage, LGBTQ+, Parents & Carers, Ability, Wellbeing, Female Voice, and Menopause Training and development opportunities *Please note you must be able to travel to Gravesend, Kent, to attend college for block periods of learning, whilst completing this apprenticeship. Accommodation and travel costs will be provided whilst studying at North Kent College. **Due to the nature of the role, you must be 18 years of age on your joining date, to apply for this Apprenticeship. Intakes for this apprenticeship programme will be April and September 2024. To be considered for our April 2024 intake, we recommend applications are submitted ASAP as interviews will be taking place during January and February. What you will get from us in the role of Seafarer Deck Rating Apprentice Your line manager and mentor will give you help and guidance throughout your apprenticeship programme Your Operational colleagues, who most of your daily interactions will be with will provide support and knowledge Health and Safety Team, always on hand to make sure we are working safely, although safety is everyone’s responsibility! Human Resources​, here to support the development of your career with Tarmac

About the employer

We are the UK's leading sustainable construction materials, road contracting and building products business. We lead in the supply of construction material comprising aggregates, asphalt, cement, lime, concrete, road contracting, building products and recycling services. Our commitment is to support you all the way through your chosen entry programme - not just with formal training and qualifications, but also with a culture and environment where you feel welcomed and excited about coming to work and making a difference, not to mention all the great benefits you’ll receive too! Tarmac Marine operates in the English North Sea, English Channel, Bristol Channel and Irish Sea. Our fleet of four ships is purpose built for aggregate dredging and as part of a network of wharves and processing plants Tarmac Marine supplies high quality natural sand and gravel aggregates into major UK construction projects. Our marine team is based in Chichester, West Sussex. It comprises specialists in marine and wharf operations, ship engineering and mineral resources.

Employer

Tarmac Marine Crewing Services

Address

Burnley Wharf

Marine Parade

Southampton

SO14 5JF

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Training

Training provider

NORTH KENT COLLEGE

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

Contact

John Eves

johneves@northkent.ac.uk

01322629400

Apprenticeship standard

Seafarer (deck rating)

Level 2 (GCSE)

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


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