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Royal Navy

Apprenticeship development

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"We are delighted to be part of this Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group developing employer-led apprenticeship standards in autonomous and remote vessel operations, which will pave the way for a skilled maritime workforce of the future"

Commodore Andrew Cree CBE,  Deputy Director Future Training, Royal Navy



Military Operations

Chair of Trailblazer Group

Apprenticeship Development

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What was the project...

The emergence of remote and autonomous uncrewed maritime vessels has created a need for training to provide seafarers, experienced and novice, the skills required to operate these vessels efficiently and safely.  An Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group, chaired by SeaBot Maritime, was created by key industry members and the Royal Navy to develop Apprenticeship standards  in Autonomous and Remote Vessel Operations.   The working group identified the standard of basic skills required to undertake and manage these operations, and has developed an Apprenticeship scheme to develop the skills amongst new (and existing) seafarers. The apprenticeship will include training on safely navigating, controlling and managing small to medium-sized vessels and will define the occupational and training standards required of an apprenticeship.   


The working group is being supported in the development process by the regulator for apprenticeship quality, the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education and includes the National Oceanography Centre; marine robotics company, Ocean Infinity; geo-data specialist, Fugro; insurer Shipowners P&I Club and the Royal Navy as founding members. 

In January 2022, the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education approved the Occupational Proposal for the Uncrewed Marine Vehicle Specialist apprenticeship.

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