The education and training of future seafarers is regarded within the Honourable Company as one of our most vital roles. There is a strategic interest in ensuring that there are enough people trained to the very highest standards who can occupy positions within the maritime industry. We are an island nation that requires trade to come in by sea, and this means that we will always have a need for seafarers.
The Honourable Company supports the training and education of seafarers in a number of practical and positive ways.
The Apprenticeship Scheme:
The HCMM, in keeping with livery company traditions, runs a traditional apprenticeship scheme. Cadets, midshipmen and junior officers under training from both the Merchant and Royal Navies may apply or be recommended to join the scheme. If they are under 21 then they become apprentices and have their indentures registered with Mansion House. If they are over 21 then they join as junior associates.However, in all practical means they follow the same procedures.
They apply by sending in an application form which is placed before the Education and Training Committee. The committee then reviews the applicant’s details to ensure that they are eligible to join and then look to allocate the applicant a mentor. There are often requests for a mentor to come from a particular background, company or geographical location. Further, applicants often know of a particular master who they would like to serve under. In any event we attempt to match the mentor and applicant in the best way possible.
The applicant and mentor then attend the declaration ceremony where both commit to the scheme. After that, the apprentice then keeps in regular contact with their master, (at least once a month) and they meet face to face at least once a year. The arrangement continues until the apprentice gains their own Master’s certificate and is then eligible to join the HCMM as a full member. During this time, the master is available to provide guidance and support for their apprentice in all matters relating to their professional studies as well as providing advice as to future career options.
The scheme has proved to be a great success for both masters and apprentices. We have a constant stream of people applying to join the scheme and so are always on the lookout for new masters to volunteer to be mentors.
London Cadet Officer Scholarship:
In addition to supporting the training of cadets in the apprenticeship scheme, the HCMM also provides financial support to the London Cadet Officer Scholarship. This provides funds to employ cadets and is a unique opportunity for 16 to 23 year olds to receive a fully paid-for three year training course as an officer in the merchant navy.
Charitable Number 1127213
The objectives and aims of the Education Fund are to assist and encourage the education, instruction and training whether generally, technically or professionally, of persons serving or intending to serve in the Merchant Navy.
Grants are available for anyone who fulfils the above requirements. To apply please contact:
The Clerk to the Honourable Company of Master Mariners
020 7836 8179