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 programmes, 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. As part of our commitment to ensure crew safety and wellbeing, all our cadets can also count on our established global Employee Assistance Programme to provide mental and physical wellbeing support throughout their journey.

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.

All officers onboard play an active role in the cadet development programme, while our shore-based cadet training team actively manage the process. We receive applications for UK cadet programme all year round for Deck, Engineers & Electro-Technical officers’ routes.

Please note: As a strictly compliant global leader in marine services, V. Group will not request any fees or compensation for our services from seafarers. Please be aware of any illegal recruitment services and crewing representatives attempting to act on our behalf.


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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

To be eligible for SMarT funding, a trainee must be a national of the UK, a Member State of the European Economic Area, a Channel Islands or the Isle of Man

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:

HNC/HND (Higher National Certificate/Diploma) Requirements*

GCSEs4 – 9
National 5sA – C
Standard Grades1 – 3

*Equivalent grades will be considered

SPD/FD (Scottish Professional Diploma/Foundation Degree) Requirements

If you have 48 UCAs points from Highers or A-Levels including Math and or Physics plus the qualifications for the HNC/HND course you could be eligible.

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



  • Online screening including a Cadet Application
  • Form and CV upload
  • Stage 1 Ability test
  • Stage 2 Attend formal face to face/virtual interview
  • Stage 3 Induction day at a V.Ships Office in the UK / virtual on boarding
  • Cadet Training Programme Commences shortly after induction



Phase 1, 3 & 5 will be in college & phases 2 & 4 will be onboard a vessel.

  • Phase 1 Academics & basic STCW courses
  • Phase 2 Sea Phase
  • (Seatime – Deck= 12 months Engine= 8 months ETO= 9 months)
  • Phase 3 Academics and advanced courses
  • Phase 4 Sea Phase
  • Phase 5 IAMI, SQA’s and Oral Prep
  • NoE (Notice of Eligibility) application & MCA Oral Examination


  • Offering support in obtaining your first job within the Maritime Industry, giving advice with building your CV, preparing for interviews and informing you of internal vacancies.

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