THOUSANDS of would-be seafarers looking to embark on new careers are expected to set a course to South Tyneside next week for one of the country’s most prominent maritime recruitment events.
They will be aiming to persuade representatives from leading shipping companies at South Tyneside College that they have the talent, ambition and dedication to successfully train for a life on the ocean waves.
About two thousand people attended last year’s initiative – and similar numbers are again expected on Saturday, February 7.
Organisers say it is an ideal environment for anyone who sees the sea as their future to gain expert insight into what the industry can offer.
Those selected will be sponsored by their company for three years of training as officer trainees – starting in September – and will leave as fully qualified officers.
They will get a tour of the marine school, which is part of South Tyneside College, to see its specialist multi-million pound training facilities.
These include state-of-the-art full mission bridge simulators and full mission engine room simulators.
Recruitment will be across specialisms, including engineering, navigation, and electrical.
Gary Hindmarch, principal – South Shields Marine School, said: “Fourteen shipping companies will be present to give advice, guidance and information about what the marine industry has to offer.
“This annual event is the first step to gaining sponsorship, which is the way by which all recruits do their training at centres like South Shields Marine School.
“I would encourage anyone who has a desire to enter the marine industry to come along.
The event is from 10am to 3pm at the marine school, on Grosvenor Road, South Shields. A second recruitment day will be held on June 27.
More information is available by calling 427 3500.