AN appeal has been launched for people in South Shields to offer a home-from-home for visiting seafarers.
South Shields Marine School is looking for householders in the area to offer accommodation for its students.
The internationally renowned Marine School, part of South Tyneside College, in Westoe, is increasing its range of courses in response to the growing acknowledgement amongst the world’s shipping fleet of the impending shortage of trained seafarers.
To meet the increased demand, Marine School bosses would like to hear from anybody interested in offering accommodation lets or, even rooms in their homes, to students looking to stay with English host families.
Gary Hindmarch, principal of South Shields Marine School, said: “After the last peaks in 2010 and 2011, enrolment numbers fell slightly in 2012 and 2013.
“2014 looks to be on track for a record number of entrants into the Merchant Navy, and the signs for future employment are very encouraging.”
As part of its commitment to promoting the Merchant Navy to the borough and the wider region, South Shields Marine School will host a number of shipping company employers at its Marine Open Day, which takes place on Saturday, February 7.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the wide range of courses on offer is welcome to attend the event which runs from 10am to 2pm.
Those looking to offer accommodation to students will benefit from a generous allowance for accommodation and food (where supplied).
Stays of up to six months are requested. More information can be obtained by contacting Sam Morgan on 0191 427 3930.