Skills gaps are one of the great challenges facing employers on the tidal Thames. The TSA works closely with, and supports employers, in the design and delivery of marine-based training programmes that, not only address the gaps but also raise standards and provide a highly skilled and competent workforce.
We offer high quality, cost-effective, structured training programmes for Inland Waterway competencies and monitor the training and delivery standards of our Endorsed Training Providers.
The TSA featured training courses cover a broad range of skills for working afloat or ashore:
The TSA has curated a list of ashore Health and Safety courses including:
The Thames CPD programme, introduced in July 2021 as a voluntary scheme with the intention of becoming mandatory in two years’ time. Participants are required to achieve a minimum of 150 points across the three categories of Mandatory Courses; Accredited Training; and Skills & Experience within a five year period.
TSA works to raise the profile of the industry and of apprenticeships and promotes and supports two level 3 apprenticeship schemes:
The TSA supports both employers and apprentices throughout. We do this by working with employers to develop the apprenticeships, by helping to attract suitable apprentices and working closely with the training providers to ensure the apprenticeships are well managed and meet the needs of employers and apprentices.
We are actively engaged and involved in reviewing current Inland Waterways qualifications and standards and developing new qualifications that employers need to take their businesses forward and maintain and improve safety and customer service. We work closely with industry specialists and Government partners to achieve this, including: