We train

Nautilus International supports members to gain the skills and training they need, for Union work and their careers.

 
Nautilus International is both a professional organisation and a trade union. This means supporting members to ensure they have the skills and training they need to become more active within the Union and to get the most from their careers.

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Lay representative training

Nautilus lay representatives are offered training free of charge to help them support their colleagues in the workplace. Courses are offered at least once a year in the UK or Netherlands, at introductory and advanced level. The following topics are covered:

  • the roles and responsibilities of a Nautilus rep
  • how lay reps fit within the wider Union structure
  • the employment tribunal process and its fees regime
  • negotiating with employers on pay and conditions
  • the Maritime Labour Convention
  • legislation relating to Union work
  • legal benefits and services offered by Nautilus

To find out when the next lay representative training courses are coming up, see the events section of this site.

Specialised union training

Nautilus also runs specialised training through its forum structures where required. A specific example of this is the training run as part of the Women’s Forum meetings which looks at the difficulties women face when raising grievances in a male-dominated workplace. Members are able to be open and honest about the advantages and disadvantages of being in a minority onboard ship.

To find out what specialised union training courses are coming up, see the events section of this site.

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Training on maritime legislation

Nautilus periodically offers training to members and the wider industry on the implications of new or revised maritime legislation. The courses address how the legislation will be implemented and enforced, and what the changes will mean to maritime professionals in various roles.

A notable example of these kind of courses are the seminars held about the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 and its importance for seafarers and their rights.

Nautilus training courses on maritime legislation are offered free of charge to members, and non-members can sometimes attend for a fee. To find out if any specialised union training courses are coming up, see the events section of this site.

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Criminalisation training

Criminalisation is a big issue in the maritime industry, and many seafarers are concerned that a mistake made in the course of their professional duties could see them charged with a criminal offence – or that they will be made to shoulder criminal responsibility for a maritime incident not of their making.

Nautilus periodically runs seminars in the UK and Netherlands to help members understand the extent of their liability following a maritime incident, advise them on the action they should take when trouble strikes and explain how the Union can help.

Nautilus seminars on criminalisation are offered free of charge to full members, and non-members can sometimes attend for a fee. To find out if any specialised union training courses are coming up, see the events section of this site.

Support for career progression

Nautilus encourages seafarers on the lower rungs of the ladder to develop their maritime careers through the Slater Fund, which offers grants to UK ratings, electrotechnical officers and yacht crew looking to study for their first certificate of competency.

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Nautilus International's General Meetings are usually held every four years.

If you are a maritime professional, we are the specialist trade union and professional organisation for you.

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