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New course opens job opportunities for Jamaican seafarers

Published:Tuesday | February 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), HEART Trust/NTA, Enterprise Based Training Department and Luxury Yacht Group have joined forces to develop a training programme to prepare seafaring students at the CMI to take up positions on luxury yachts.

The course Mastering Yacht Life, the first of its kind, will began at the CMI with a cohort of 20 students who have completed their officer training at the CMI.

Training programme

According to Fritz Pinnock, executive director at the CMI, "this course is a professional development course which will see final-year officer cadets and some who have already graduated and received their certificates of competency from the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, getting further training to be able to operate effectively and efficiently aboard luxury yachts. The course will attempt to develop the soft skills of the participants because luxury yachts call for the finer skill sets that are not a regular part of the training programme".

Rear Admiral Peter Brady, director general of the MAJ and chair of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Standards of Training and Watchkeeping SubCommittee, noted: "This is an excellent opportunity for our seafarers, and a timely launch of this innovative programme, particularly as this year has been designated the Year of the Seafarer by the IMO, which is emphasising the contributions of the world's seafarers as well as marking the completion of the extensive review of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Convention, which is the international standard governing the training of seafarers. This course complements the STCW standards and will put our seafarers at an advantage when they seek jobs on the global market. "

The course runs for two weeks and will benefit from the experience of Rupert Connor, president, Luxury Yacht Group, who will be delivering the yachting aspect of the course. Other aspects of the course will be delivered by HEART Trust/NTA. At the end of the course, the successful candidates will receive National Vocational Qualification Jamaica certification.

The course is endorsed by the Minister of Transport and Works Michael Henry and the Ministry of Transport and Works, parent ministry for the CMI and the MAJ.