Interested In A Career In The Maritime Industry?

November 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Endeavour Community Sailing and the Bermuda College Division of Professional and Career Education are teaming up on a new initiative for youth in Bermuda, offering a course for Bermudian residents ages 16 to 24 years old who are interested in pursuing a maritime industry career.

“Potential candidates do not need a sailing background to apply for the course, however a positive attitude, open-mindedness and a willingness to learn are essential prerequisites,” a spokesperson said.

“The Endeavour Maritime Careers Springboard will run from Monday through Friday over 6 weeks in 2018 commencing January 15th through February 25th. Participants who successfully complete the intensive hands-on course will gain sailing and powerboat instruction, VHF radio training, marine first aid training, maritime industry knowledge, boat maintenance training, and a Dinghy Sailing Instructor qualification.

“These qualifications and experience will provide course participants with the fundamental skills to jumpstart their careers into this ever-growing industry!

“There are many career opportunities in the maritime industry and the Endeavour Maritime Careers Springboard will provide participants with exposure into the variety of roles as well as invaluable experience and qualifications for students to be successful in the careers.

“With over 2,500 sailing schools worldwide, the opportunities to work and experience the world are endless. Outside of the international watersports industry there are opportunities available in the superyacht industry, yacht deliveries, merchant shipping and many more maritime careers!”

Tom Herbert-Evans, Community Sailing Manager with Endeavour Community Sailing says “The Endeavour Maritime Careers Springboard will provide a fantastic stepping stone into the international maritime industry and will open a lot of doors for young Bermudians. ”

Jo Buss, Club Development Officer with Endeavour Community Sailing adds, “This dynamic experience will require great commitment and determination from participants over the 6-weeks, however their hard work will pay off with the opportunities this course offers!”

The majority of the training will take place at the West Endeavour Fort located in the Royal Naval Dockyard in Sandys and will be facilitated by internationally trained and qualified instructors.

A spokesperson added, “The Bermuda Sailing Association is kindly sponsoring the cost for the Dinghy Instructor portion of the course reducing the total cost for each participant fee to $1,355. Participants will be responsible for a 50% deposit to secure their place in the course. Further financial assistance may be available as needed.

“Course costs cover the rigorous 6-week training that participants will undergo as well as course books, administration fees, and coach fees including international training assessors.

“The application process requires interested students to submit a covering letter outlining why they are a strong candidate for the course and a resume outlining their skills set and experience.

“Applications will be accepted commencing on December 4th and must be submitted via email to padmin@college.bm by 5 p.m. on December 9th. Spaces are extremely limited and shortlisted candidates will be invited to participate in an interview.”

Karen Smith, Programme Coordinator noted, “Bermuda College is very excited about partnering with Endeavour Community Sailing. Bermuda is the perfect backdrop for such a programme.

“It gives young Bermudians the opportunity to formally develop maritime skills and expand their career horizons both locally and beyond our local shores.

“We encourage everyone who is a young person with a love of the water and sailing in particular to come out to the Information Session on Monday, December 4th at 6 p.m. in the Blue Room [H115] at the Bermuda College.

For more details on how to register for the course please contact Karen Smith at the Bermuda College at ksmith@college.bm or for more details on the course contact Jo Buss at jo.buss@endeavourprogram.com.

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