V.Ships Cadet Programme UK

Do you want to get paid to travel the world, as well as kick-start a fantastic new career with excellent promotional opportunities? If so, then the Award winning V. Ships Cadet Training Programme could be for you.

We run two types of Programs, United Kingdom and International.

We fully understand the importance of well trained sea staff, which is why we’re committed to recruiting and training cadets as part of our comprehensive career development programme.

Our current cohort includes over 1100 cadets from all over the world, undergoing training at all stages of cadetship. We focus on developing the skills, knowledge and competence of our recruits to be future officers, with training completed during both seagoing service and within maritime colleges and academies.

All officers onboard play an active role in the cadet development programme, while our shore based cadet training team actively manage the process. Our cadets are trained to have absolute regard to safety, security and the maritime environment, receiving mentoring and career guidance throughout their employment with us.

Entry Requirements (UK)

V.Ships will accept all UK applications for the Officer Trainee Programmes along with EU Nationals who have been ordinarily lived in the UK for more than one year.

Applicants meeting the following criteria will be offered places on this programme, subject to the availability of places:

Foundation Degree:

  • 48 UCAS points at A/AS level, including subjects which support the application
  • GCSE Mathematics (grade 6 or above), Science and English Language at grades C or above (or equivalent)
  • where English is not the applicant’s first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent, achieved within the two years prior to applying for the programme
  • other qualifications that are equivalent to the above (normally, the College will review evidence supplied by mature, non-standard applicants regarding their ability to undertake the programme)
  • the award of credits via Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) will be assessed on an individual basis
  • applicants will need to pass an industry-standard medical examination in order to complete a placement at sea (it is advised that applicants complete this prior to arrival)

HNC/HND entry criteria:

  • For entry into the HNC/D course you will require a minimum of 4 GCSE or Standard Grade/National 5 passes at Grade C/3 or above including English, Mathematics and a Science based subject. NOTE – If you are a Scottish applicant and are sitting the new National qualifications you will be required to hold 4 National 5s to be eligible for the HNC/D course. Entry requirements for the PD course will not be affected by this.
  • Applicants for the Foundation Degree and Scottish Professional Diploma routes require 48 UCAS points from 2 or more A Levels or Highers; these must include either Physics or Mathematics.
  • Applicants will also require 4 GCSEs or Standard Grades at grade C/3 or above including English, Mathematics and a Science based subject. Applicants for Electro-Technical Officer training must hold the qualifications required for the Foundation Degree.

Application Process –  UK Cadet In-take is January, May and September yet we accept applications year round.

The application process will include:

– Online screening form including a Cadet Application Form and CV upload
– Stage 1 – Skype Interview with Cadet Team
– Stage 2 – Attend formal face to face interview at UK Nautical College
– Stage 3 – Induction day at a V.Ships Office in the UK
– Cadet Training Programme Commences shortly after induction

The application process will include:

– Online screening form including a Cadet Applicaiton Form and CV upload
– Stage 1 – Skype Interview with Cadet Recruitment Manager
– Stage 2 – Attend formal face to face interview at UK Nautical College
– Stage 3 – Induction day at a V.Ships Office in the UK
– Cadet Training Programme Commences shortly after induction

The Online Application Process is open, please apply as follows:

1. Download the Cadet Application Form and complete fully, then save and upload to online system (step 2).

Click here to Download Application

2. Complete online short application form attaching CV and Cadet Application Form.

Click Here for Application form

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