Record attendance at Scotland's largest Merchant Navy Open Day

City of Glasgow College welcomed a record number of aspiring seafarers and shipping companies to its annual Merchant Navy Open Day on Saturday 21 April.

The event is one of the largest of its kind in the UK with 125 prospective students and others attending this year.

The annual Open Day offers an important insight into all the maritime industry has to offer, and the training necessary to qualify as a ships officer of navigation, engineering or electrical in the Merchant Navy.

Representatives from major international shipping companies were available to offer advice and guidance to prospective students looking to enrol at the college’s world class maritime campus.

A total of nine shipping companies exhibited at the event, with most sending staff involved in recruiting cadets and ratings.

Clyde Marine training, Anglo Eastern, Carnival, Chiltern Maritime, Princess Cruises, RFA, SSTG, and V-Ships were among the companies who exhibited this year. Two new companies, Shell and AW crewing, were also present and actively recruited cadets for the upcoming academic year. A range of other organisations also attended; including Women into Maritime, the Sea Cadets, Royal Navy Reserves, Royal Navy, and Careers at Sea.

Clyde Marine Training General Manager, Katy Womersley, said:

“Clyde Marine Training are delighted to continue to support the City of Glasgow College for another successful open day. These events are an integral part of attracting new talent to the maritime industry and today has been a huge success with interest from lots of potential future officers.”

Potential seafarers were able to experience the cutting edge facilities based at the college’s Riverside campus; including one of the most modern working ships engine rooms in the UK, Scotland’s first 360 degree full mission ship handling simulator, and the Marine Skills Centre with its own jetty and rescue lifeboats.

Prospective student, Alexander Morrison, 18, from Linlithgow, said:

“I’ve always wanted a career in the merchant navy and City of Glasgow College has always stood out among colleges in the UK to help me get there. I really like the modern and state of the art facilities on offer here plus the accommodation is excellent. Coming to the Merchant Navy Open Day gave me the opportunity to catch up with the companies that I have interviews scheduled with and to have a look around. The staff have all been really nice and helpful – I would recommend that anyone considering a career at sea definitely come to this event and to see for themselves.”

Staff from the Faculty of Nautical Studies were on hand to offer their expert advice and talk to prospective students about the academic side of training. They were joined by current officer cadets who shared their experience of both training and life as a cadet, at college and at sea.

Prospective students interested in finding out about courses and training required for the Merchant Navy should visit the college’s website for more information.