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The Thames Skills Academy actively promotes a range of events and networking opportunities, discussion forums, working groups and seminars for its members, our partners and interested organisations.

Such events allow the TSA to share best practice across the sector as a community of like-minded members/ employers.  They provide just some of the ways in which we communicate regularly with our membership, and indeed, our potential membership, supporters and potential sponsors.


News & Events

Princess Royal sees Riverside Personal Safety course in action


We were proud to host Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal for a visit along the River Thames.

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TSA February 2022 newsletter


Marine Engineering Apprenticeship Open Day for employers this week, Thames CPD funding for simulator training and Women on the Water

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Women on the Water - Network Event December 2022 - Event
Date: 06/12/2022
Start time: 02:00 PM
End time: 05:00 PM
Venue: Watermen's Hall, 16-18 St Mary-at-Hill, London EC3R 8EF

Join us for our Women on the Water networking event on 6th December 2022.

A review of what we have achieved this year and celebratory refreshments from 4pm.

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Women on the Water - Network Event October 2022 - Event
Date: 06/10/2022
Start time: 2:30 PM
End time: 4:30 PM
Venue: Tideway, Cottons Centre, Cottons Lane, London SE1 2QG

Join us for our Women on the Water networking event on 6th October 2022.

Agenda to follow.

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Women on the Water - Network Event July 2022 - Event
Date: 26/07/2022 - 26/07/2022
Start time: 2:30PM
End time: 4:00PM
Duration: 1.5 hours
Venue: Online Workshop

This meeting will focus on the action planning from the Women on the Water Meeting with Senior Leaders on 18th May.

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Women on the Water 2022 - Networking Series - News

We are proud to announce that our networking event series "Women on the Water" is back in 2022. Find out more and see forthcoming dates for the 2022 series.

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November 2021 newsletter - News

Princess Royal Award-winning training, Samaritans, Women on the Water, and Careers on the Cutty Sark!

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Women on the Water 2021 - networking series - News

We are proud to announce that our networking event series "Women on the Water" is back in 2021. Find out more about all 4 events in 2021 and forthcoming dates for the 2022 series.

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TSA takes part in Maritime UK Careers Fair for 11 - 18 Year Olds - News

Maritime UK will be hosting a Maritime Careers Fair as part of London International Shipping Week on Wednesday 15th September. 

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Women on the Water in Thames Guardian - News

Find out more about the "Women on the Water" initiative in the autumn issue of Thames Guardian.

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Cutty Sark and Maritime Careers - News

As part of the Totally Thames Festival 2021, the TSA entered a collaboration with Royal Museums Greenwich to showcase Careers on the Thames that relate to jobs seafarers did aboard the Cutty Sark 150 years ago!

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Princess Royal Training Award Recipient 2021 - News

The TSA is delighted to have been recognised by the Princess Royal Training Awards standard in 2021 for its commitment to training and development.

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July Newsletter - CPD Special - News

Catch up with our July newsletter and find out more about the new Thames CPD scheme

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River's LGBT+ pride, as passengers welcomed back - News

Representatives and supporters of the tidal Thames’ LGBT+ community gathered on the river to celebrate the start of Pride month at Waterloo Bridge. The event, arranged by the Port of London Authority (PLA), was hosted by Woods Quay, the new home of Woods’ Silver Fleet. Together we celebrate the River of Opportunities and are glad to see businesses and communities along London's lifeline getting more diverse. 

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Riverside Personal Safety for Operators - why now? - News

23rd March 2021 – National day of reflection

This truly is a difficult anniversary, one that we all would have loved to miss out on. While some businesses had to go through periods of lock-down, the construction industry continued during most of last year. One thing hasn't changed: the health and safety of employees working on the river are paramount.  

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Riverside Personal Safety for the leisure sector - News

What would you do if you see someone in the river needing help?
A         Jump in and try to drag them out?
B         Call the emergency services and try not to loose sight?
C         Look for the next buoyance?

This is why this one-day Personal River Side Safety Course is beneficial to anyone who spends time on rivers, canals, docks, lakes or flowing water. Whether you kayak, canoe, row or paddle board this course will provide you with the skills to stay safe while you have fun.

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January Newsletter - Apprenticeship special - News

Catch up with our January newsletter and find out more about Apprenticeships on the river. 

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Newsletter December 2020 - News

Catch up with our December newsletter and find out more about new courses and soft skill training offered in 2021. 

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Mental Health training - Discount for TSA members - News

TSA is offering special deals for TSA members APD levy payers on Mental Health courses provided by Mental Health Awareness UK.  

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#CareersOnTheThames 2021 - News

Unfortunately we had to cancel the #CareersOnTheThames event in 2020 but are hoping to organise the next edition in September 2021.

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Newsletter November 2020 - News

Catch up with our November newsletter and share your opinion on CPD courses in our questionnaire. 

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Review: Mental Health Webinar November 2020 - News

"Great webinar, very good advice! Andy was authentic and that's what counts when talking about this type of subject to people" Cameron Ternent, Livett’s Group.

We received a lot of positive feedback like Cameron's on our free webinar in cooperation with Mental Health Awareness UK.

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Continuous Professional Development on the tidal Thames - News

The TSA, the Port of London Authority and the Company of Watermen & Lightermen are urging people to fill in a questionnaire about what to include in a Continuous Professional Development programme for the tidal Thames.

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New safety refresher course - News

A new Riverside Personal Safety Refresher Course is now being offered for those who need to update their certificate.

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Tributes to our apprentice, Artem Bondarenko - News

The TSA is launching an award to commemorate one of its apprentices, Artem Bondarenko

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New TSA Board Member - News

The TSA is delighted to announce that Fran Comerford-Cole has joined its Board as an Employer Representative.

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TSA free membership during 2020/21 - News

The TSA is now offering free membership to all APD levy payers on the tidal Thames.

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Employers being urged to consider apprentices - News

South Essex College is calling out to maritime employers to consider taking on an apprentice and is also offering site visits to those that might be interested.

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Stronger together - News

Here, Iain Mackinnon, from the Maritime Skills Alliance tells us the importance of working together especially during Covid-19.

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Joining forces to support trainees and apprentices during the Covid crisis - News

The Company of Watermen & Lightermen and the Thames Skills Academy are working together to help with training during the Corona pandemic.

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The Shipwrights Company provides valuable support to employers for the TSA's Boatmaster Apprenticeship - News

A new boost to help small and medium sized businesses recruit apprentices for the TSA's Boatmaster Apprenticeship has been announced by the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.

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The TSA supports diversity in maritime programme - News

The TSA supports Maritime UK as it launches its diversity in maritime programme.

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Welcome to the TSA's first 2020 newsletter - News

Welcome to the Thames Skills Academy's February Newsletter. Here you will find a round-up of some of the events and training that the TSA has been involved with and details about what is coming up including information about our new apprenticeship.

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Industry webinars being promoted by the TSA - News

The Thames Skills Academy, which promotes the inland waterways sector, and in particular the tidal Thames and other London inland waterways, is helping to boost online maritime courses during the Coronavirus lockdown.

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Free online learning for nationally accredited courses secured by the TSA - News

We are pleased to announce that, by working closely with  one of our training delivery partners, South Essex College, the TSA has secured availability of a considerable number of short nationally accredited courses for Thames employers.  All of the courses are free*.

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The TSA is open for business – and has moved online - News

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak the Thames Skills Academy has closed its office for the time being but remains open for business. 

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Visit to London Fire Brigade's river HQ - News

Last month TSA apprentices visited London Fire Brigade's river operation in a bid to understand more about what firefighters do to keep people safe on the Thames.

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Rowing towards a career on the Thames - News

The TSA was at the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships again this year to tell people about the huge range of careers on the Thames.

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New Apprenticeship for Maritime Engineers on the Thames - News

This month's Maritime Engineering Apprenticeship Open Day was hailed as a great success.

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National Apprenticeship Week 2020 - News

Look Beyond is the theme for the next National Apprenticeships Week which starts today.

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New apprenticeship scheme to develop skippers' skills - News

The Thames Skills Academy (TSA) is delighted to announce the launch of a brand new Government-funded apprenticeship to train skippers across the UK.


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Supporting Women on the Water - News

The Thames Skills Academy has launched a new group to encourage more women to look for careers on the river and to support those who are already working on the water.

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Careers event on the "liquid highway of history" open to everyone - News

This year’s #Careers OnTheThames event was bigger and better than ever with around 150 people boarding Thames Luxury Charter’s Paddle Steamer Dixie Queen to take part in the Thames Skills Academy’s (TSA) annual floating careers fair.


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The Prime Minister talks to the TSA - News

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, took time to visit the Thames Skills Academy stall at a careers event which was part of the London International Shipping Week.

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Sign up for our safety course - News

The Thames Skills Academy has teamed up with the London Regatta as a sponsor and is also offering a special deal of four places for the price of two on its Riverside Personal Safety Courses.

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#CareersOnTheThames - News

#CareersOnTheThames was organised for Careers Advisers and Teachers providing an opportunity to see first hand the river of opportunities of highly skilled, well paid careers on the doorstep of young people in London.

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London Infrastructure Awards 2018 - News

London First will be recognising major achievements and achievers from the past year in the infrastructure sector who have supported their mission to make London the best city in the world to do business.

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National Apprenticeship Week Event - News

On 8 March 2018 the TSA held its annual National Apprenticeship Week Event to inspire Londoners to explore the opportunities in pursuing a working life on the river.  Potential apprentices were invited along to learn about careers on the River Thames.

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Careers at Sea Campaign - News

Careers at Sea launches an online recruitment campaign aimed at Millennials.

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Appointment of Chief Executive Officer - News

The Thames Skills Academy (TSA) has announced the appointment of Dr Katherine Riggs as Chief Executive Officer. 

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Thames Skills Academy Milestone as 22 New Apprentices Embark on Training - News

The group is the first to embark on TSA-managed apprenticeships and includes young people employed by river operators including Livett’s Group, City Cruises, MBNA Thames Clippers, Cory Riverside Energy, the Port of London Authority (PLA) and Thames Shipping.

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Announcement Regarding the Chief Executive - News

Having worked with great commitment and persistence over the last two years to get the TSA to this position, and after 27years being involved in the management of marine safety and training on the tidal Thames, Julian Parkes has concluded that this is the right time to begin a new phase of his career.

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The Progress of the Thames Skills Academy - News

The Thames Skills Academy (TSA) is a group training association that was set up last year to support marine-based employers on the tidal Thames. We caught up with its chief executive, Julian Parkes to find out more about the organisation...

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