Maritime Occupations

Modern Apprenticeship



This Modern Apprenticeship is designed to provide a long, varied career for new entrants in the maritime sector. There are five pathways available meaning apprentices can progress in their role while gaining skills relevant to other areas in the sector.

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5.

Select Level 5 to see the framework document and qualification(s) at that level. 

Entry requirements

Candidates who intend to do the sea fishing qualification must have completed an industry-approved ‘Introduction to commercial fishing course’.

Progression and development

This Modern Apprenticeship can provide the first step towards a long-term career in the maritime sector, encouraging apprentices to stay and progress in their chosen field. Depending on the pathway chosen, it can lead to recognition as an Able Seafarer, promotion to officer or progression to a supervisory or management position.

How does it work?

Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.

Cost and funding

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.

The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet your business needs.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

How long will it take?

It will take between 12 and 24 months to complete.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

0800 783 6000

Sounds right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

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