Seacat Services launches offshore energy support vessel apprenticeship programme

Offshore energy support vessel (OESV) operator Seacat Services has launched its third apprenticeship programme, in conjunction with UKSA and the Isle of Wight College, to provide training for a career in the offshore renewable energy sector.

The two-year, government funded programme is designed to give twelve apprentices all the bespoke skills, knowledge and behaviours required to work as a crew member in the rapidly expanding offshore renewable energy sector.

OESVs play a key role in the development and operation of offshore wind projects, transporting technicians and equipment between site and shore. Successful apprentices will learn Seacat Services’ core operating values of safety, availability and reliability, which are fundamental to effective vessel support.

Starting in April 2021, the twelve selected apprentices will undertake an initial four-week training programme at UKSA in Cowes, before learning on the job on one of Seacat’s OESVs on a three-week on, three-week off rotation. On completion of the apprenticeship and the end point assessment, there will be the opportunity of full-time employment with the maritime operator.

“We’re proud to be providing new opportunities for homegrown talent to be developed,” says Andy Calderbank-Link, operations director at Seacat. “These apprentices will be amongst the first generation of truly specialist offshore wind support crews in the UK. Offshore renewables are now a bona fide career choice for young people, and the apprenticeship scheme will train recruits to the highest possible standard – providing a key point of entry into the sector, and a clear path for progression.”

The programme follows the Workboat Crewmember Apprenticeship specification launched by the Workboat Association in 2018 to drive training initiatives for the next generation of workboat crews.

Recruitment for the apprenticeship scheme will begin in February 2021, and apprentices must be aged between 18-25, pass the MCA’s ENG 1 medical and be a resident on the Isle of Wight to be considered for the apprenticeship programme. To apply, visit the UKSA website.

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