At the TSA we promote and support two different level 3 apprenticeship schemes. The first is the Boatmaster Apprenticeship and the second is the Maritime Engineering Apprenticeship.
The TSA, working with employers, has developed a new Boatmaster Apprenticeship for inland tidal and non-tidal waterways which was approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships in November 2019.
This Government-funded apprenticeship, which has a value of £24,000 per person, is open to all employers who work on the river. The two-year apprenticeship covers the curriculum set out in the BML syllabus and the Inland Waterways diploma, as well as additional skills including leadership requested by employers.
In total, 24 qualifications are included in the apprenticeship:
MCA AEC Course Certification
MCA Crisis Management and Human Behaviour
SQA Radar Certificate
SQA Electronic Chart Systems Certificate
RYA/MCA GMDSS Short Range Communications Certificate
RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities
RYA Commercial Endorsement
RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate
RYA Day Skipper theory and practical certificate
RYA Coastal Skipper theory and hopefully Yachtmaster Coastal CoC
STCW Elementary First Aid
STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
STCW Proficiency in Security Awareness
STCW Basic Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention
STCW Personal Survival Techniques
STCW HELM Operational
SQA Level 3 Maritime Studies: Rivers, Inland Waterways & Limited Distances to Sea
For more information about the Boatmaster Apprenticeships:
Boatmaster apprenticeship qualification
Detailed information on Boatmaster apprenticeship syllabus
The TSA has been working with South Essex College to meet the needs of river employers for Maritime engineers, a resource otherwise outsourced to external sub-contracted engineers who are generally in high demand. This is the first time such a bespoke course has been provided on the Thames for decades.
This Level 3 four-year, one day a week apprenticeship, worth £26,000 per person, provides very practical engineering skills, with specialist skills chosen in years 3 and 4 as a mechanical fitter, electrical fitter or maritime fabricator.
The qualifications achieved when successful completing the training elements and passing the End Point Assessment (EPA) are:
Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Foundation Competence)
Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Foundation Knowledge)
Level 3 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Development Competence)
Level 3 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Development Knowledge)
Apprenticeship Completion Certificate Engineering Technician Maritime Defence (in specialism)
End Point Assessment is an independent assessment of behaviours, knowledge, skills and generic engineering competencies for an Engineering Technician requirement as defined by the UK-SPEC, regulated by the Engineering Council. Completion of the Apprenticeship is designed to be recognised by relevant Professional Engineering Institutions at the appropriate level of professional registration (EngTech).
For more information about the Maritime Engineering Apprenticeships:
Maritime engineer qualification
Detailed information on Maritime Engineering apprenticeship syllabus
Introduction to Maritime Engineering Apprenticeship from the TSA
Information about Maritime Engineering Apprenticeships
Frequently asked questions about Maritime Engineering Apprenticeships