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This month I paid a visit to Humber Maritime College (HMC). I very much enjoyed my tour of the facilities and it was wonderful to see how engaged the cadets were with the message from Nautilus International, as well as discussing the issues they’ve been having, including around pay and sea time.
Due to Covid-19 and the issues it caused around sea time – with many cadets either stuck onboard for months or unable to get to their ships – HMC sadly lost a number of cadets. These were able and very capable students, and the current system failed them.
So I was very pleased that I was able to have conversations with the college around how it will be looking to improve training for cadets by following some of the recommendations in the Maritime Skills Commission’s Seafarer Cadet Review Report.
There was much agreement between the college and Nautilus, and we discussed issues such as sea blindness, the current sponsorship model, and the recruitment and selection process of young people into the industry. On this, I was pleased to hear that the college is active in sharing the news about maritime careers with the local community.
Through dialogue, finding these areas of common interest, we will be able to have a louder collective voice when decisions are being made that affect cadets. Together, we will be more able to shape the training experience for the better.